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Spirit Airlines buys Air Jamaica | Broken Wing

Spirit Airlines buys Air Jamaica

Posted on 12. Jul, 2009 by in Featured

Consolidation is picking up momentum. This will be interesting for a few reasons; first it is an international merger or acquisition. Secondly, Spirit is buying AJ from the Jamaican Government, might be some strings. Third, both are economically stressed, I’m curious to see where the funding comes from. Last but not least; what kind of seniority integration will they have? Could get sticky.

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  1. Rick 17 July 2009 at 15:36 #

    Chip,
    Any thoughts on the 737 with a hole in the fusalage. Metal fatigue..? Is it public record how many cycles that plane had? I fly Southwest 737’s a lot so naturally curious. I was also surprised the airframe wasn’t more corrupted than it actually was.

  2. Chip 20 July 2009 at 05:46 #

    Rick;
    The aircraft was not that old, mid 90’s manufacter date. SW does fly a lot of cycles, each cycle causes wear regardless of hours. The cycle is measured by a cycling of the landing gear, but the biggest stress IMO is the pressurizing of the cabin. Only the engines are measured in hours.

    The fuselage must be certified so that a panel failure or hole does not cause catastrophic failure.

    Remember that the first passenger jet, the Comet, had catastrophic fuselage failures. They lost more than one aircraft before they figured it out.

    I suspect the failure was caused by a defect in initial manufacter, or possibly a repair that was not done correctly.


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