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JetBlue Names Veteran American Air Executive as System Operations VP

JetBlue Names Veteran American Air Executive as System Operations VP

JetBlue Airways announced the appointment of Steve Olson to the position of vice president for systems operations.
Mr. Olson most recently served as managing director for American Airlines’ integrated operations center and has been at the airline along with two predecessor carriers, US Airways and American West. He began his career in the airline industry as a customer service representative at America West in 2004.
In his new position, Mr. Olson will …

JetBlue and Spirit Airlines to Merge in $3.8 Billion Deal, Creating Fifth Largest U.S. Carrier

JetBlue and Spirit Airlines to Merge in $3.8 Billion Deal, Creating Fifth Largest U.S. Carrier

JetBlue Airways announced Thursday a deal to acquire Spirit Airlines in a $3.8 billion transaction that has the potential to reshape the airline industry in the United States.
The news comes one day after Frontier’s bid for Spirit fell apart.
If the merger, which is highly likely to face significant antitrust scrutiny, is consummated, JetBlue would become the nation’s fifth largest carrier, after American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Air Lines, and …

JetBlue Names Veteran Digital Exec as Tech VP

JetBlue Names Veteran Digital Exec as Tech VP

JetBlue Airways announced the appointment of Jason Lenhart to the position of vice president for technology.
Mr. Lenhart joins the airline from Warner Bros. Discovery, where he served as senior vice president of engineering and operations.  Prior to Warner, Mr. Lenhart, who began his career as a programmer at Lockheed Martin in 1997, held various managerial positions at Barclays, Comcast, and Wachovia.
“Technology has the ability to enhance nearly every touchpoint on …

JetBlue Appoints New VP for Financial Planning and Analysis

JetBlue Appoints New VP for Financial Planning and Analysis

JetBlue Airways announced the appointment of Melinda Maher to the position of vice president for financial planning and analysis.
Ms. Maher is a former JetBlue employee who is currently a senior finance manager at Amazon in its transportation unit, a positions she has held for two years.  Prior to that, she served as director of financial planning at Alaska Airways for four years and, from 2013 to 2016, was a manager …

Over 75,000 Flight Delays and Cancellations Kick Off Fourth of July Weekend With No End in Sight

Over 75,000 Flight Delays and Cancellations Kick Off Fourth of July Weekend With No End in Sight

Since Thursday, airlines have posted delays on over 73,000 flights, including over 400 scheduled for Sunday and Monday, and have cancelled almost 8,500 flights in addition.
For flights operating within the United States or into or out of the country, those figures are 15,306 and 3,234 respectively.
The rate of delays and cancellations in both the United States and Europe is higher this year than before the pandemic thanks to bad weather …

Spirit Calls Off Shareholder Vote Hours Before Meeting, Will Continue Talks With Both Frontier and JetBlue

Spirit Calls Off Shareholder Vote Hours Before Meeting, Will Continue Talks With Both Frontier and JetBlue

Spirit Airlines unexpectedly announced on Friday that it was delaying a shareholder vote on a proposed merger with Frontier Airlines until July 8, thereby extending a heated and protracted battle over the airline by both Frontier and JetBlue Airways.
The move was “to allow the Spirit board of directors to continue discussions with Frontier and JetBlue,” Spirit said in a statement.
JetBlue issued a statement in support of the move
“We compliment the …

JetBlue (Again) Raises Offer to Acquire Spirit Airlinees

JetBlue (Again) Raises Offer to Acquire Spirit Airlinees

JetBlue Airways, which has been in an intense bidding war, competing with Frontier Airlines, to acquire Spirit Airlines once again raised its offer in an attempt to outmaneuver Frontier.
The New York-based carrier proposed on Monday a $400 million breakup fee, payable to Spirit if regulators blocked the merger.  JetBlue had previously said it would pay $350 million in such an instance.  It also said it would prepay $1 more per …