AirTran Airways connects Atlanta and Seattle

AirTran Airways launched a new nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from Atlanta. The daily seasonal service will run through Sept. 5, 2006, and will be served by the airline’s popular Boeing 737 aircraft. Beginning today, AirTran Airways will offer two daily flights between Atlanta and Seattle and add a third daily flight in August.

The low-fare carrier celebrated the departure and arrival of the inaugural flight with Seattle flair and Atlanta hospitality. At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market Fish Mongers tossed in new service as part of a fish throwing contest to benefit the Make- A-Wish Foundation. When the flight arrived in Seattle, AirTran Airways, joined by another group from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, presented Seattle Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck the key to the airline’s fleet - making him an honorary AirTran Airways Captain.

“From Peachtree to Pike Place, business and leisure travelers now have a low cost, high quality option for travel to and from Seattle during the busy summer season,” said John Kirby, AirTran Airways director of strategic planning and scheduling. “Our nonstop Seattle flights offer convenient schedules, Business Class seating and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight.”

AirTran Airways continues to expand its route network - now flying to 50 destinations with the addition of nonstop seasonal service to Seattle-Tacoma.

“With the addition of AirTran Airways to our customer base at Seattle- Tacoma International Airport, we are able to offer Puget Sound travelers a low cost option to Atlanta and on to more than 40 other destinations nationwide,” said Seattle Port Commissioner John Creighton. “We welcome AirTran Airways to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and all the convenience and affordability it will bring to our airport patrons.”