EAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2586 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.
EAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2532 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!!
EAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2504 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?
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4402 posts, RR: 37 Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2299 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!
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2209 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.