New offer could spoil Frontier-Spirit merger

JetBlue Airways, the New York-based carrier known for its inflight TV lineup, free Wi-Fi and trendy snacks, has made an unsolicited $3.6 billion offer to buy no-frills airline Spirit.

JetBlue said late Tuesday that the proposal is “superior” to the merger deal between Spirit and Frontier announced in February and is the “most attractive opportunity” for Spirit’s shareholders.

The offer could later Spirit and Frontier’s well-laid plans to create a budget airline powerhouse that will be able to better compete with American, Delta, United and Southwest airlines.

JetBlue is making a similar pitch about a JetBlue-Spirit combination and says it brings something additional to the table for Spirit passengers: its beloved inflight perks and service.

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