SEATTLE, May 23, 2002 - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] recently delivered a 737-800 to American Trans Air, Inc. (ATA), the 31st airplane for the carrier in the past 12 months.
ATA, the North American launch customer for both the 757-300 and the 737-800 with winglets, operates one of the youngest fleets in the United States. In the past year, Indianapolis-based ATA has taken delivery of 22 737-800s, eight 757-300s and a 757-200, at a rate of approximately two airplanes per month.
The carrier announced in May 2000 it would purchase 20 737-800s and 10 757-300s, and lease an additional 14 737-800s from International Lease Finance Corp. and five 737-800s from GE Capital Aviation Services. In December 2001, ATA exercised purchase rights for two more 757-300s delivering in 2003.
“The addition of the 737-800 and 757-300 aircraft to our fleet has added efficiency and reliability to our operations,” said John Tague, ATA president and chief executive officer. “The aircraft`s state-of-the-art amenities and comfort has created a more convenient and enjoyable flight experience for ATA`s customers.”
ATA currently operates a fleet of 46 Boeing airplanes: 22 737-800s, 16 757-200s and eight 757-300s.
“With the delivery of 31 airplanes in one year, it`s clear that ATA is serious about operating one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the United States,” said Toby Bright, Boeing executive vice president of Sales. “We`re especially pleased that ATA attributes much of its success to reliable, fuel-efficient models such as the 737-800 and the 757-300.”
All new models of the 737 family feature exceptional flexibility in size and mission, as well as superior reliability and maintainability. The Next-Generation models provide passengers all-new, more spacious interiors with more accessible overhead luggage bins. The airplanes are the most technologically advanced family in the single-aisle market. They are designed to fly higher, faster, farther, quieter and with greater fuel efficiency than previous 737 models and the competition.
At 178 feet, 7 inches (54.5 meters), the 757-300 is the largest single-aisle twinjet, and has the lowest operating cost per seat-mile of any single-aisle airplane and mid-sized airplane in its class. Known for quiet and fuel-efficient operation, the 757-300 is an environmentally responsible jetliner, meeting current noise limits as well as new international noise limits proposed for 2006. The 757-300 debuted in scheduled, dual-class service in the North American market last year and the European market this year. ATA was the first U.S. carrier to fly the 757-300 with a one-class configuration.
Now in its 29th year of operation, ATA is the nation`s 10th largest carrier based on revenue passenger miles flown. ATA offers significant scheduled service from Chicago-Midway and Indianapolis to over 40 business and vacation destinations. Stock of the company`s parent company, ATA Holdings Corp. (formerly Amtran, Inc.), is traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol “AMTR.” For more information, visit the web site at www.ata.com.