Jmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3204 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8965 times:
I wouldn't say that. AirTran has a good thing going, but they've gotta do something about that hideous name of theirs (what the crap is a Tran? It's a Chinese surname!). Eastern would be a very appropriate name for them.
NWA757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 172 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8914 times:
Valujet is currently still around, except now operating as AirTran, they fly a fleet of purely Boeing 717-200 aircraft, however, they do have some 737's on order. AirTran is very popular and seems to be growing at a steady pace, the people who fly on them have been very satisfied with the service. Valujet merged with AirTran and kept the AirTran name.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8898 times:
"AirTran" is short for "Air Transportation" or "Air Transport".... I can buy that.
To me, the more hideous name is 'American Trans Air' (yes, I know they officially changed their name to "ATA", which is just as stupid). "Trans" used in this context means the same as "pan" or "spanning" or "across" (think Trans World, Pan American). American Trans Air seems like a syntax error to me... should actually be "Trans American Air" (or Transamerican or TransAmerican, whatever)... I can't believe American didn't sue for trademark infringement back in the early 70's when the A.T.A. name was formed.
Anyway, AirTran to me reminds me of when generic groceries first came out and you had the name of the substance inside stenciled on the front of the packaging: "coffee" or "sliced pears".... that's essentially what AirTran is: no frills Air Transport.
Gr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1587 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8756 times:
The original AirTran was formed by the parent of Mesaba in 1994. They flew from Orlando to numerous points in the Eastern half of the U.S. including: MCI, OMA, DSM, MLI, BMI, DAY, TOL, CVG, TYS, GSP, BUF, ROC, ALB, SYR, BOS, ISP, SWF, ABE, ORF, RIC & GSO. Concentrating on leisure travelers, these markets were served often once a day (or less), many with stops enroute. A fleet of ten 737-200s was used. ValuJet bought AirTran in 1997 and kept the AirTran name as well as moved their headquarters from Atlanta to Orlando. In addition, the current AirTran livery is based upon the original AirTran colors.
Expex From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8658 times:
N766UA - So interesting that you brought that up - so many ValuJet employees I spoke to felt that - post Everglades incident - the 'critter' was unbearable to look at considering the horrific circumstances that surrounded the crash. I feel extremely confident that if AirTran hadn't come into the picture ValuJet would have changed name/corporate image anyway.
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