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Aviation Stats Update: May 16, 2022

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"Europe has had a tough road to recovery, but in the last week (May 8-15), commercial airline traffic has reached its highest point since 2019, with an average of 22,138 airline flights a day, which is only 13% down from the same week in 2019. These numbers are exciting to see as Europe heads into the summer, its busiest travel season each year." (blog.flightaware.com) Más...

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Lockheed Martin holding hiring event, plans to expand F-16 workforce in Greenville

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Lockheed Martin is planning to add 300 people to its Greenville workforce this year to help meet the increasing demand for the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jet being produced here. The company said in a news release that it will conduct interviews and make hiring decisions at a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at McAlister Square in Greenville. The hires are in addition to 150 new hires already this year, according to a news release. (www.msn.com) Más...

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JetBlue Launches Hostile Takeover Bid for Spirit Airlines

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JetBlue Airways on Monday commenced a hostile all-cash takeover bid for Spirit Airlines, days after the discount carrier rejected an offer from the larger rival (www.cnbc.com) Más...

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Southwest Airlines proposed a ploy to deceive FAA on Boeing 737 MAX, legal filing alleges

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In April 2016, when Boeing’s 737 MAX was in flight test a year ahead of its certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Airlines made a strange proposal to Boeing — one that suggests an effort to deceive the FAA. According to a legal filing by attorneys pursuing a lawsuit against the airline, Southwest manager Bill Lusk asked Boeing officials, including the MAX chief technical pilot Mark Forkner, if engineers could install a new flight control safety alert required for the… (www.seattletimes.com) Más...

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Small Plane Crash on Miami Bridge

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Sorry for all involved. 1 perished, 4 survivors. Hit an SUV on Bridge. Good luck all. Will be curious of cause. (tampa.cbslocal.com) Más...

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JetBlue Launches Hostile Takeover Bid to Acquire Spirit Airlines

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Yet another twist occurred this morning when JetBlue launched a hostile takeover bid to win back Spirit from Frontier Airlines. JetBlue is now offering $30 per share, significantly more than its ultra-low-cost rival, and claims a deal offering $33 per share is still a possibility. (aeroxplorer.com) Más...

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Ryanair Calls Boeing Managers ‘Headless Chickens,’ Seeks Shakeup

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Ryanair Holdings Plc Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary joined in industry criticism of Boeing Co.’s leadership, saying the company needs a shakeup as production snags afflict its three main jetliner models. (www.bnnbloomberg.ca) Más...

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