AirTran Airways has announced that it
has accepted delivery of its 50th Boeing 737-700 aircraft.The plane, ship
number 349 and registration number N331AT, departed Miami, Fla., on Flight
511 at 10:32 a.m. and arrived in Atlanta, Ga., at 12:28 p.m. To commemorate
this milestone, the airline designed and applied a gold medallion decal to
the aircraft next to the passenger loading door so travelers will know when
they board the 50th aircraft.
The aircraft is the newest addition to AirTran Airways’ fleet, which is
composed of 50 Boeing 737-700 and 87 Boeing 717-200 planes for a total of
137 aircraft. Together, the planes make up the youngest all-Boeing fleet in
America. AirTran Airways placed its original order for 100 Boeing 737s in
July 2003, taking its first delivery in June 2004. The low-cost carrier
placed an additional order for 15 more Boeing 737 aircraft in May 2007,
delivery of which will be completed in 2012.
The Boeing 737-700 seats 137 passengers, with 12 in Business Class. The
aircraft include AirTran Airways’ signature two-by-two award-winning
Business Class and three-by-three Coach seats. The Boeing 737 also features
EasyFit overhead bins with plenty of storage space for passengers’ carry-on
bags. The aircraft is one of the world’s most popular and reliable jet
aircraft in its class, effectively using the latest in technological
advancements to allow the airline to save on fuel, extend its range, carry
more payload and reduce engine maintenance costs.
“AirTran Airways continues to grow steadily, adding both new jobs and
new aircraft,” said Joe Leonard, chairman and CEO for AirTran Airways. “The
addition of our 50th Boeing 737 is an important milestone, and we look
forward to adding many more new planes in the future.”
“For this airline to have taken 50 Next-Generation 737s in less than
three years speaks both to the success of AirTran Airways and the positive
contribution of Boeing products to an airline’s bottom line,” said Ray
Conner, vice president, sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.