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Aviation Week

Why Indigo Partners' Bill Franke Ended Pursuit of Spirit Airlines

Herb Kelleher, the late legendary CEO of Southwest Airlines, was known for many things, but not for taking orders. In addition to creating one of the biggest success stories in the airline industry, Kelleher “had a lifestyle that was noteworthy, smoking five packs a day—and he would usually close...
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CNBC

CNBC Exclusive: CNBC Transcript: Spirit Airlines CEO Ted Christie, Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle and Indigo Partners Founder Bill Franke Speak with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Today

WHERE: CNBC's "Squawk Box" Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC exclusive interview with Spirit Airlines President & CEO Ted Christie, Frontier Airlines President & CEO Barry Biffle and Indigo Partners Founder Bill Franke on CNBC's "Squawk Box" (M-F 6AM – 9AM ET) today, Monday, February 7th. Following is a link to video on CNBC.com: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2022/02/07/spirit-airlines-ceo-on-frontier-merger-this-combination-makes-a-lot-of-sense.html.
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Bill Franke and Indigo Partners: Making Huge Splashes in the Desert

MIAMI – People who have lots of money often like to make conspicuous displays of their wealth. And folks who have airplanes typically like to do the same. So, what happens when someone has both money AND airplanes?. The biggest splash coming out of the first few days of the...
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Breakingviews - Capital Calls: Bill Franke cashes in Wizz chips

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Concise insights on global finance in the Covid-19 era. WIZZ KID. Veteran aviation investor Bill Franke is hedging his bets on a full Covid-19 recovery. The 83-year-old Texan has sold roughly half his 17.5% stake in low-cost London-listed carrier Wizz Air for 400 million pounds. Taking money off the table now is illustrative. Of Europe’s aviation stocks, Wizz Air has weathered the coronavirus storm the best, trading at 25% above its pre-virus levels this month. Rival Ryanair is next, up 10%. Uncertainties about the pace of Europe’s vaccine rollout may be prompting Franke to trim his exposure.