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Does Airtran Need A New Name?  
User currently online727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5953 posts, RR: 17
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

Does anyone think Airtran needs a new name? AIRTRAN??? What is THAT?

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The perfect name for their product would be VALUJET....but we KNOW why they can't use that name.  Big thumbs up


Try to think of a new name.

Peach Airways (Georgia)

Transport Airlines

Something with HEART in it: (because of HARTsfield...get it?)  Big thumbs up
Air Heart
Heart Airlines


Air USA

Proud Bird Airways







Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
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User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

I think they should bring back ValuJet!!!!

jeremy


User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

I flew AirTran when they were ValuJet--ValuJet was fine by me, but AirTran sounds pretty cool too. As far as "what the heck is that" when referring to their name...there are others with names that make less sense: United, for example...a company with little if any unity; JetBlue...I like 'em, but what the heck does the name mean? Delta? ...it may have a history of the river delta or something but they're a metro Atlanta based international carrier--what the heck does Delta have to do with anything!? ...but who cares, we still like 'em all right? I like the name Delta - it's cool; I like JetBlue too--and I like AirTran--if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

However, JetBlue's paint scheme is ugly--that could use a change.

-jeff


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

The more I think about it, I think AirTran should rebrand itself as the NEW Eastern Airlines Big grin

jeremy


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

They have grown the name to be a successful airline and one that gives the mighty DL a run for its money so they should just leave it as is.....


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

Jeremy, it'll never happen, but you just made me jump in my seat--I'd be the happiest person on the planet if it happened! If we could only get them to rename as Eastern and then buy even one 75 and paint it with the big "757" on the tail! --geez, chills I seem to be getting just thinking about it!!

-Jeff


User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

WidgetBoi, Luv2fly...respect to both of you - good points! Luv2fly - you do make a very good case for AirTran as it's own entity. As much as I loved/love Eastern, I will admit, they were the first carrier (then ValuJet) I flew on after Eastern's demise...and I liked 'em from the start.

Does anybody know if any of ValuJet's original DC-9's (-30's right?) were from Eastern?

-Jeff


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

While I'd love to see a return of the "757" tail, I think a "717" tail could be just as cool  Big grin

jeremy


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

As far as I know, most of ValuJet's DC-9-32s were from Delta Big grin


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User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

has ValuJet/AirTran flown anything other the DC-9's/717's and of course the A320s on lease? ...didn't they have 732s for a little while or am I mistaken?

-Jeff


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

ValuJet flew DC-9-21/31/32s and MD-81s and as far as I know, AirTran has flown 737-200s, DC-9-31/32s, 717-200s and of course the RyanAir-operated A320s.

jeremy


User currently offlineGregg From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Good name.. How about DeltaII?

User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

are there pictures available of ValuJet MD-80s?

-Jeff


User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4467 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

I've long thought that the name AirTran sounds like a cargo airline. I think "Liberty Airlines" would sound good--the turquoise-green 'a' on the tail could convert to a Statue of Liberty silhouette. And low fares mean liberty to fly for lots of people who otherwise couldn't afford it.

Eastern Airlines would be good too--as long as they don't let Frank Lorenzo or Charlie Bryan anywhere near it! Big grin

Jim


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

There's a pic of a ValuJet MD-80 at:

http://www.angelfire.com/dc/douglasjets/ValuJetPhotos2.html

EAL, I hope that helps!

jeremy


User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

Jeremy - thanks so much...had no clue they ever flew the -80

Jeff


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

I know that there weren't very many in the fleet, maybe 4 or 5, but I could be wrong.

Happy that I could help  Big grin

jeremy



User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Valujet has way too many negative connotations - in fact, that's why they changed the name to AirTran in the first place. And while changing their name to Eastern or Liberty might sound like a nice idea, AirTran has developed far too much positive brand and product recognition to change its name.

The only possible reason I could see to change the name would be brand confusion with ATA, but I think the aforementioned positives of the AirTran name and AirTran's momentum (new aircraft, recognizable livery, recognition for value, etc) would preclude such a switch.


Regards,

N-Dub



Create your own luck.
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 847 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Not a new name but new 320´s  Big grin

Mike//SE  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineSJU767 From Puerto Rico, joined Feb 2004, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

How about ValueTran or AirJet....

User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

I think AirJet could work  Big grin But ValueTran sounds like a cheap department store.

jeremy


User currently offlineAkjetblue From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 790 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

I'm surprised no one else saw this, but if there was to be a "change in name" why not choose one that is close to something the passenger already knows and associates with AirTran?

Something that says "you're not on a puddle hopper that bounches up and down with the 'spinny' things on the wings."

Something that says "getting you from point A to point B."

Great question?

JetConnect

Great answer?

Smiles,

-Philzy



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User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

While I'd have to agree that it would be beneficial to pick a name already associated with AirTran, I doubt that JetConnect would ever be chosen because it sounds too regional.

But it is a great name  Big grin

jeremy


User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2826 times:

JetConnect and ValuTran sound like some UK charter or LCC operators : ) ...but hey, that's an opinion and it's worth about $.02!

I really like AirTran--there's no reason to change it. Shoot, American Trans Air is pretty dumb--didn't they change officially to ATA Airways or something? ...which makes even less sense  Smile

-Jeff


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4482 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

AirTran has great brand recognition, especially in the eastern US. Why mess with success? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."


I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
25 Post contains images Elwood64151 : are there pictures available of ValuJet MD-80s? I believe there are, but they *might* be in AirTran colors by the time the photos were taken... Valuje
26 Post contains images WidgetBoi : I think the MD-81s were disposed of long before the merger jeremy
27 Jaydavis : There is some confusion with ATA and even AirTransat in Canada with the AirTran name. Plus, there should be nothing "regional" in the name, such as Ea
28 Srbmod : AirTran comes from combining the words "air" and "transportation". If AirTran were to rename, here are some suggestions: National Airlines (It would b
29 Post contains images Grrtvc : I agree, it isn't broke don't fix it. But for some reason when I think AirTran, I think of going down the aisle in the grocery store that has all the
30 Jaydavis : It would be cool if they came up with some new "hip" word that started with an A so they wouldn't have to repaint the tails.......they could use a fir
31 EAL757 : I say stick with AirTran...I agree with earlier posts that anything denoting a region (ie Eastern, Southern etc.) just doesn't do it these days. I alw
32 Post contains images Grrtvc : Oops... I some how deleted "west" off my suggestion. I meant to say Atlanticwest Airlines.
33 Post contains images BR715-A1-30 : Photo copyright Michael Carter. Does anyone besides me see that this pic was obviously taken in 1995-1996, yet there is a building in the background t
34 FL1TPA : Hi all. AirTran TPA employee here. I like our name brand image as is; but as Jaydavis points out there can be confusion between similar airline names.
35 Post contains images 7E72004 : I think they should use Eastern or Midway
36 GSPSPOT : Airtran is just fine. It's just a matter of marketing and consumer education to differential from other airlines with (sort of) similar names.
37 Srbmod : Valujet actually considered changing their name to Atlantic Airlines (or Airways) after the 592 crash and the restart of ops. Rumor also had it that V
38 Tommy767 : IMO, it should be renamed as Eastern Airlines. AirTran really is a boring and dulled out name, but the airline has a solid product. Wow. Only if I cou
39 Post contains images 7E72004 : Even if they did use the Eastern name, i think we would see a brand new livery
40 Dutchjet : AirTran will not be changing its name, it was a miracle that this airline survived the negative publicity of the 592 crash and somehow successfully pu
41 Jmc1975 : It's needs to be called "Eastern" without question. AirTran has, does and always will sound like it was named after a deceased Chinese patriarch.
42 Post contains links and images PHLBOS : As it has been already stated by a few; the name should stay as AirTran. They have been successful for the last few years, overcame the ValuJet stigma
43 AirTran737 : The name isn't going to change. People know and recognize the "Big A' and that's what we want. It took a lot for us to reinvent ourselves after 592 an
44 InnocuousFox : You guys need to get over this "Eastern" fetish. It's a word, people. It doesn't bring anything back any more than deciding to change the word "wall"
45 GSPSPOT : As much as I feel nostalgic for Eastern Airlines, I think it would be a mistake to bring that name back. It has too many negative connotations. It fai
46 AGrayson514 : How about Trans American, like from the movie 'Airplane'? Actually, that wouldn't be a bad name, though maybe Trans America would be better. But perso
47 PIT757 : How about changing the name to Pterodactyl Airlines for all you Flintstone fans out there. In all seriousness they should keep the name Air Tran. The
48 Aa757first : I agree now they should keep AirTran, but before the merger/buy out/name change I think Southern Atlantic would have done the trip. Remember Northwest
49 Airways6max : AirTran isn't the catchiest name around, but if it sells, why change it?
50 Flyboy36y : Air Tran should rename itself LTA since its the end of DELTA. LTA could stand for Low-cost Travel Airlines....
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