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haze 09-09-2003 10:18 PM

FAA Awards AirTran for Safety/Training/Maintenance

BW)(FL-AIRTRAN)(AAI) FAA Awards AirTran for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training; Airline's Participation Rate Near-Perfect 98 Percent

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ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will recognize AirTran Airways with a `Special Recognition' award for the company's outstanding 98% participation rate in the FAA's Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Safety Training Program. In addition, each of AirTran's maintenance bases - located in Atlanta, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington, D.C. and Orlando - will each receive `Diamond Award' certificates of excellence for exceeding the participation level required by the FAA. Both the Atlanta and Boston bases had 100% participation rates.
"We are very pleased with AirTran's overall near-perfect company-wide maintenance technician participation for AMT training. This means that 211 out of AirTran's 216 maintenance technicians were recognized by the FAA for their dedication and commitment to training, thus ensuring that FAA safety codes and regulations are strictly observed," said David Sexton, Instructor Technical Training, AirTran.
AirTran Airways, Inc. will receive a special `Corporate' award and will be formally honored by the FAA for this achievement during an awards ceremony. This is the third time that AirTran received a company award for exceeding the FAA's requirements for employer participation in the AMT training program since the airline began participation in 1995. AirTran also maintains a very sought-after Apprentice Maintenance Technician training program at its maintenance training facilities in Atlanta and Orlando.
In addition to distinguishing AirTran with a company award, the FAA awards technicians' accomplishments on an individual basis. The FAA bestows five different types of awards, depending upon the hours of training an individual completes. More than half of AirTran's AMTs received the two highest ranking awards - the Diamond Award for 60 hours of training plus three hours of college credit; and the Ruby Award for 60 hours of training. Other awards include the Gold Award for 20 hours of training; the Silver Award for 12 hours of training; and the Bronze Award for 6 hours of training. To be eligible for the awards, an individual must be an FAA-certified mechanic or repairman working on FAA type certified, U.S.- registered aircraft.
Recipient of Entrepreneur magazine's 1998 award for "Best Domestic Low-Fare Airline," AirTran provides everyday, affordable air travel throughout the eastern United States and Midwest. Unlike other airlines, AirTran never requires a roundtrip purchase or Saturday night stay. AirTran is the launch customer for the new Boeing 717-200. The Boeing 717-200 is the first airliner in the world to offer "fresh air" in its spacious cabins.

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