AirTran firms orders for 24 from Boeing

AirTran Airways has announced that the
airline has converted purchase options to firm orders for fourteen new
Boeing 737-700 series aircraft for delivery in 2008 and exercised purchase
rights for ten more of the same aircraft type for delivery in 2010.This
exercise completes the airline’s original order of 100 aircraft placed with
Boeing in 2003. The airline currently operates 26 Boeing 737-700 series
aircraft and 85 Boeing 717-200 aircraft—making it the world’s largest
operator of the Boeing 717 and the airline with youngest all-Boeing fleet
in America.
  “AirTran Airways’ long-standing partnership with The Boeing Company has
enabled us to build a world-class aircraft fleet that is unparalleled in
the aviation industry,” commented Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways’ chairman
and chief executive officer. “The Boeing 737 has set a new standard for
commercial jet transport, allowing us to increase efficiency and enhance
our service for the consumer.”
  “Orders by highly successful low-cost carriers such as AirTran Airways
continue to validate the value of the Next-Generation 737 to cost-conscious
airlines,” said Alan Mulally, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and
CEO. “As AirTran Airways continues to grow, the Next-Generation 737s will
continue to contribute to the airlines’ bottom line with reliable,
efficient and economical service.”
  The Boeing 737 is the world’s most popular jet aircraft. The AirTran
Airways’ Boeing 737 seats 137 passengers and is equipped with premium
Recaro seats in the airline’s signature two-by-two award-winning Business
Class (12 seats) and coach seats (125 seats). Similar to the Boeing 717,
the Boeing 737 aircraft features EasyFit overhead bins with plenty of
storage space for passengers’ carry-on bags.