‘Flymaybe’ no more: Flybe set for Virgin-led makeover

Daily Newsletter | July 9, 2019
Once written-off as another European airline headed for collapse, the struggling British regional airline Flybe finally has the go ahead for new ownership. Virgin Atlantic’s Connect Airways (UK) has received approval by the European Commission to acquire and merge with the carrier and Stobart Air (Ireland). The Virgin-led consortium hopes the takeover will secure a better future for the airline, including improving its image: Flybe has been nicknamed “Flymaybe” by many frustrated passengers complaining over the carrier’s poor services and unreliability.
Airbus and Boeing might consider withdrawing from the tender launched by Canada for new fighter jets. Both manufacturers allegedly believe that the process has been rigged in favor of Lockheed Martin.
Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier Flyadeal becomes the first airline to officially drop Boeing 737 MAX order. Flyadeal indicated that it will not proceed with its commitment for 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, choosing the Airbus A320neo aircraft instead.

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