AirTran Airways Reports Operational Excellence During Busy Summer Travel Season

- Airline Ranks First Among All Low-Cost Carriers in On-Time Arrivals in July -

Sep 13, 2010, 13:46 ET from AirTran Airways

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), reported strong operating performance during the busy summer travel season.

Earlier today the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released July statistics for all major airlines and AirTran Airways ranked number one among low cost-carriers in on-time arrivals and mishandled bags while continuing to rank among industry leaders with the fewest number of flight cancellations and customer complaints.

This significant operational achievement comes during the high demand summer travel season (May-August) and challenging weather patterns.  From May through August, AirTran served more than 9.1 million passengers, filling 85.1 percent of its seats.

"Every AirTran Airways Crew Member played an important part in the extremely successful summer operation of our airline," said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways' chairman, president and chief executive officer. "The continued improvement in our operation is a testament to the can-do spirit and determination of our Crew Members."

AirTran Airways has implemented a number of initiatives to maintain its operational performance in categories that are important to customers.

"We realize what is most important to our customers, getting there, on-time, with their bags, and interacting with friendly and efficient Crew Members that genuinely care about our customers," said Klaus Goersch, AirTran Airways' executive vice president operations and customer service. "Combine that with North America's newest all-Boeing fleet, Wi-Fi, assigned seating and Business Class on every flight, and it's easy to see why we had such a busy summer."

In addition to ranking at or near the top of every major DOT category, the airline has also been recognized by the prestigious Airline Quality Rating as the top low-cost carrier for the past three years and earlier this year was honored as the best value airline by SmarterTravel while receiving Air Transport World's Market Leadership Award.

AirTran Airways is a Fortune 1000 company and has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past three years.  AirTran Airways is the only major airline with Gogo Inflight Internet on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Our low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

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