AirTran Airways Sets All-Time Records in Third Quarter

04 Okt 2007 [09:47h]     Bookmark and Share

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), reported all-time record traffic during the three-month period that ended Sept. 30 with revenue passenger miles (RPMs), available seat miles (ASMs), enplaned passengers and load factors setting all-time highs.

ORLANDO, Fla.,  – Third-quarter traffic grew by 32.3 percent to more than 4.8 billion RPMs based on a 20.9 percent increase in capacity. The company’s load factor for the quarter was 80.1 percent – a 6.9 percentage point increase over the same period last year. The airline enplaned more than 6.4 million passengers during the third quarter, a 25.4 percent increase over the same period in 2006.

„We are very pleased with our record-breaking, third-quarter traffic and proud of all of our hard-working Crew Members and the high-quality service they provide for our customers every day,“ said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways‘ president and chief operating officer. „The third quarter is the busiest time of year for travel, and our Crew Members met the challenge with peak effort and operational performance.“

For the month of September, AirTran Airways set new records for RPMs, ASMs and enplaned passengers. Other September highlights included the announcement of additional nonstop service between Pittsburgh and Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa and more nonstop service between Tampa and Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit.

                    AirTran Airways September 2007 Traffic

                                 September 2007  September 2006      Change
    Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 1,256,571        949,919        32.3 percent
    Available Seat Miles (000)    1,833,682       1,537,515       19.3 percent
    Load Factor                   68.5 percent    61.8 percent     6.7 points
    Passengers Enplaned           1,731,123       1,380,950       25.4 percent

                                 Third Quarter    Third Quarter
                                    2007             2006            Change
    Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 4,808,682         3,635,238    32.3 percent
    Available Seat Miles (000)    6,005,231         4,965,224    20.9 percent
    Load Factor                   80.1 percent     73.2 percent   6.9 points
    Passengers Enplaned           6,442,786         5,137,151    25.4 percent

                                   Y-T-D 2007       Y-T-D 2006      Change
    Revenue Passenger Miles (000)  12,984,173       10,398,268    24.9 percent
    Available Seat Miles (000)     16,960,337       14,026,038    20.9 percent
    Load Factor                  76.6 percent      74.1 percent    2.5 points
    Passengers Enplaned            17,845,917        15,033,987   18.7 percent

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company, offers more than 700 affordable, daily flights to 55 U.S. destinations. With 8,900 friendly Crew Members and America’s youngest all-Boeing fleet, AirTran Airways provides XM Satellite Radio and Business Class seating on every flight. For more information and free online booking, visit

Editor’s note: Statements regarding the Company’s operational and financial success, business model, expectation about future success, improved operational performance and our ability to maintain or improve our low costs are forward-looking statements and are not historical facts. Instead, they are estimates or projections involving numerous risks or uncertainties, including but not limited to, consumer demand and acceptance of services offered by the Company, the Company’s ability to maintain current cost levels, fare levels and actions by competitors, regulatory matters and general economic conditions. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings, including but not limited to the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2006. The Company disclaims any obligation or duty to update or correct any of its forward-looking statements.

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