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Old 04-28-2006, 09:35 AM   #1  
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Default AirTran Airways Firms Orders for 24 Boeing Aircraft

ORLANDO, Fla., April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI - News), today announced that the airline has converted purchase options to firm orders for fourteen new Boeing 737-700 series aircraft for delivery in 2008 and exercised purchase rights for ten more of the same aircraft type for delivery in 2010. This exercise completes the airline's original order of 100 aircraft placed with Boeing in 2003. The airline currently operates 26 Boeing 737-700 series aircraft and 85 Boeing 717-200 aircraft -- making it the world's largest operator of the Boeing 717 and the airline with youngest all-Boeing fleet in America.

"AirTran Airways' long-standing partnership with The Boeing Company has enabled us to build a world-class aircraft fleet that is unparalleled in the aviation industry," commented Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways' chairman and chief executive officer. "The Boeing 737 has set a new standard for commercial jet transport, allowing us to increase efficiency and enhance our service for the consumer."

"Orders by highly successful low-cost carriers such as AirTran Airways continue to validate the value of the Next-Generation 737 to cost-conscious airlines," said Alan Mulally, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. "As AirTran Airways continues to grow, the Next-Generation 737s will continue to contribute to the airlines' bottom line with reliable, efficient and economical service."

The Boeing 737 is the world's most popular jet aircraft. The AirTran Airways' Boeing 737 seats 137 passengers and is equipped with premium Recaro seats in the airline's signature two-by-two award-winning Business Class (12 seats) and coach seats (125 seats). Similar to the Boeing 717, the Boeing 737 aircraft features EasyFit overhead bins with plenty of storage space for passengers' carry-on bags.

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low-fare airlines with 7,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 600 daily flights to 50 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. For reservations or more information, visit (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

That prob means AirTran will continue to hiring people. Which is good news.


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Old 04-28-2006, 03:44 PM   #2  
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My crystal ball says these are not the last 737's AirTran is going to order. The really long range version (5500 nm) may be next. Now, where could you go within 5500 nm of ATL?

The Boeing 737-700ER

The Boeing 737-700ER (Extended Range) is the newest version of the successful Next-Generation 737 family. The derivative is a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ)-inspired airplane designed for long-range commercial applications. The 737-700ER has the longest range capability of any 737 family member in commercial service and allows airlines to profitably serve new nonstop, point-to-point routes. The 737-700ER was launched Jan. 31, 2006 with an order conversion from ANA (All Nippon Airways) for two airplanes.

The airplane's versatility, low operating costs and range performance can serve all new airline business requirements including low-cost carriers that wish to expand their market reach across the Atlantic Ocean and traditional carriers that wish to compete in niche markets such as all-premium-class service.

The 737-700ER has the same aerodynamic and structural changes as the successful Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). The 737-700 fuselage has the bigger wing of a 737-800 and additional fuel capacity that allows it to fly up to 2,145 nautical miles farther than the 737-700.

The high-performance derivative comes with an option for up to nine auxiliary fuel tanks, giving it a maximum fuel capacity of 10,707 gallons (40,530 liters) and a maximum range of 5,510 nautical miles (10,200 km).

The 737-700ER provides the ultimate in flexibility when it comes to possible seating configurations. The twinjet can seat 48 passengers for premium service; or up to 126 passengers in a traditional two-class configuration.

The 737-700ER shares the same performance attributes of the other models of the Next-Generation 737 family (737-600, 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900ER) such as reliability, lower maintenance costs, lower operating costs and state-of-the-art flight deck systems.

The 737-700 model is powered by new CFM56-7 engines produced by CFMI, a joint venture of General Electric Co. of the U.S. and Snecma of France. The engines meet strict international noise restrictions.

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