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Old 01-05-2004, 01:59 PM   #1
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AirTran Airways Marks Final Flight of DC-9

01-05-2004 05:00:00

AirTran Airways Marks Final Flight of DC-9; Airline Now Has One of the Youngest All-Boeing Fleets in the World
Source : Comtex News Network(Business Wire)

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today announced the final flight of the airline's last DC-9 aircraft. Ship number 949 will make her final descent today, January 5, 2004, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time leaving AirTran Airways with one of the youngest all-Boeing fleets worldwide. The aircraft will operate the following schedule today: Flight Origin Departs Destination Arrives 735 Atlanta 11:25 a.m. Orlando 12:50 p.m. 744 Orlando 1:30 p.m. Atlanta 3:00 p.m.

The 32-year old DC-9, registration number N849AT, rolled off the Douglas assembly line in Long Beach, Calif., on December 1, 1971, and AirTran Airways acquired the aircraft on October 30, 1996. The aircraft will have logged 69,788 flights and 77,900 flight hours total upon retirement.

The crew on the flights will be Captain Michael D. "Mad Dog" Watson, Captain Rich Umbel, Lead Flight Attendant Lisa Misconis, and Flight Attendants Karen Gold and Ludmila Dahknovskaia...

...With today's retirement of the last DC-9, AirTran Airways will operate a fleet of 73 new Boeing 717s, making the airline the largest operator of the Boeing 717 aircraft in the world. In addition, the airline's July 1, 2003, announcement of an order for 100 Boeing 737s and 10 additional Boeing 717s, further solidifies its fleet modernization plan. The first Boeing 737 will be delivered in June 2004.

"The DC-9 remains a reliable aircraft, and its last flight with AirTran Airways marks the end of an era," stated Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways' chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to the future as we continue to offer our customers outstanding air travel options on a newer and younger state-of-the-art Boeing fleet."

AirTran Airways is one of America's largest low-fare airlines - employing more than 5,600 professional, friendly Crew Members and operating 508 flights a day to 45 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport by passenger volume, where it is the second largest carrier operating 188 flights per day. AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings (NYSE: AAI), is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 717 and has the youngest all-Boeing fleet of any airline. In 2004, the airline will begin taking delivery of new Boeing 737-700s. For reservations or more information, visit (America Online Keyword: AirTran).
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