AirTran Airways defers 18 Boeing deliveries

AirTran Airways has announced that it will defer 18 Boeing 737-700 aircraft originally scheduled for delivery between 2009 through 2011 to 2013 through 2014.“As we stated during our first quarter earnings call, as a result of continuing record high fuel costs, we are reducing planned growth for September, 2008, through at least 2009 from 10 percent to no more than flat. This transaction will accomplish a substantial portion of that plan,” said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways’ President and CEO.

The airline currently operates 54 Boeing 737-700 series aircraft as well as 87 Boeing 717-200 aircraft, and has America’s youngest all-Boeing fleet.