ORLANDO, Fla.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 20, 2003—AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today announced that the company will partner with German-based RECARO Aircraft Seating Inc. to supply seats for the airline`s 100 new Boeing 737 aircraft. Production of the new seats is scheduled to begin in April 2004.
“AirTran Airways passengers will notice the quality and comfort of these new seats every time they sit down in one of our 737 airplanes,” said Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways` chairman and chief executive officer. “RECARO seats are well-regarded around the world for superior reliability, low maintenance cost, high safety certification and increased cabin lay-out options.”
“We are very proud to have been selected by AirTran Airways for this project,” said RECARO Executive Vice President - U.S. Operations Sven Achilles. The seats will be manufactured in RECARO`s Fort Worth, Texas, facility.
The Boeing 737-700 aircraft will be equipped in a two-class configuration which includes the airline`s signature two-by-two award-winning Business Class and three-by-three Coach seats. Similar to the Boeing 717, the Boeing 737 aircraft will feature EasyFit overhead bins with plenty of storage space for passengers` carry-on bags. Delivery of the first 737 aircraft is expected in the summer of 2004.
RECARO Aircraft Seating has evolved to become one of the world`s largest provider of tailor-made airline seats. The core competence is the innovation of comfortable passenger seats by applying ergonomic standards, lightweight material and individual design to express the individual airline`s hospitality philosophy. The company is headquartered in Schwabisch Hall, Germany, and bases its U.S. operations in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.recaro-as.com.
AirTran Airways is one of America`s largest low-fare airlines - employing more than 5,400 professional Crew Members and operating 492 flights a day to 44 destinations. The airline`s hub is at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, the world`s busiest airport by passenger volume, where it is the second largest carrier operating 189 flights per day. AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings (NYSE:AAI), is the world`s largest operator of the Boeing 717 and has the youngest all-Boeing fleet of any airline. In 2004, the airline will begin taking delivery of new Boeing 737-700s. For reservations or more information, visit airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).