|07-01-2004, 02:49 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2004
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 1, 2004--AirTran Airways, a
subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today unveiled its
new aircraft maintenance hangar in Atlanta with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony. The facility, located north of the main passenger terminal
at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is the airline's
hangar in Atlanta and combines all of the company's technical
operations staff into the same location.
"Today's opening of this facility represents a new chapter for our airline,"
said Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways' chairman and chief
executive officer. "This hangar will improve how we run our airline by
helping keep our costs low and our service levels high. We currently
have exceptionally high dispatch reliability and completion factors,
and these great figures will only get better, thanks to this new
building and the efficiencies it will afford our Crew Members."
"AirTran Airways now has a permanent spot here at
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that demonstrates the
company's commitment to this city," said City of Atlanta Mayor Shirley
Franklin. "I welcome AirTran Airways' technical operations department
to this hangar and appreciate the decision to add this maintenance
facility here in Atlanta."
AirTran Airways technical operations staff now can service three aircraft
inside the hangar, as well as three more outside the
facility, all at the same time. The building includes more than 56,000
square feet of usable work space on the hangar floor and another
20,000 square feet of adjacent office space. The new facility will
bring together more than 200 Crew Members in AirTran Airways'
technical operations department from various locations. Previously,
AirTran Airways technical operations staff used an open-air, temporary
space near a passenger concourse to conduct all local maintenance.
The maintenance hangar is the third major facility for AirTran
Airways to open in the Atlanta area this year. In February, the
airline opened a new pilot training center in Atlanta that is now home
to the more than 850 AirTran Airways pilots as well as flight
simulators, training classrooms and offices. In April, the airline
celebrated the opening of a new customer contact center in nearby
Carrollton that employs more than 200 Crew Members to handle
reservations and customer relations phone calls.
AirTran Airways is one of America's largest low-fare airlines -
employing more than 5,800 friendly, professional Crew Members and
operating over 500 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. AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings (NYSE:AAI),
is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 717 and has America's
youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline recently added the Boeing
737-700 aircraft, one of the most fuel efficient and environmentally
friendly aircraft flying today, to its fleet. For reservations or more
information, visit airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).
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