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ATA Announces Massive Cutbacks!  
User currently onlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3250 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 4553 times:

Written Text Report - Courtesy: WBBM-TV


Two Video Reports from WBBM-TV:



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User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2176 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

I'll take "Shocking Things" for $300, Alex.

User currently offlineAirtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3746 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 12 months 3 hours ago) and read 4189 times:
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It's no surprise. They announced that they were going to close a hub. You didnt expect all of them to keep their jobs did you?

Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 2 hours ago) and read 4100 times:

WOW, that's a huge cut-back.
I thought that FL was going to pick much of the employees.
The fares won't go up that much as the video says-FL will probably lower costs further.

W N = my Worst Nightmare!!!!!
User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (10 years 12 months 2 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

This sounds like much more of a crash dive than the earlier plan. Something had better happen soon in Bk court or none of this may be salvagable.

Sorry and hopes for the best to all my friends at ATA.TC

FL450, M.85
User currently offlineChicago757 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

Thanks Aa717Driver.....all of us ATA employees kind of feel lost right now. We're hoping for America West to take us over as they want to take all of us, whereas AirTran only wants a portion. We'll see what happens. Theres not too much we can do. Its sad to see us go here at MDW!

Go White Sox!!!!
User currently offlineMidway2airtran From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

"Air Tran, which is negotiating to take over ATA’s gates at Midway, is a much different airline, Goolsbee said.
“If you want to fly from Chicago to New York on Air Tran, most likely you would have to fly from Midway to Atlanta and then from Atlanta to New York, and not many people are going to want to do that,” he said.

Austan should find more out before speaking. He should realize that AirTran is going to hub at Midway, not just sending connecting flights through ATL once the operation is in place. What drama! lol If I held stock in FL and found out FL was going to take over expensive leases on 14 gates for flights to ATL, then I would take my money somewhere else ASAP!

It's sad to see the lay-offs but from what I understand, FL is willing to hire the former ATA employees which is better than nothing at all. I've been through the same situation before and we had nothing at all. At least ATA has the opportunity to hold its roots in IND, I wish them the best.

"Life is short, but your delay in ATL is not."
User currently offlineNjdevilsin03 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 737 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

SO if any...what routes will remain at MDW? MCO,PIE,FLL,IND,LAS,LAX,CUN?

717, 727, 731, 732, 733, 734, 735, 73G, 738, 752, 753, 762, 763, 777, DC9, MD80, DC10, L1011, ERJ, CRJ, ATR, DH8, A300,
User currently offlineLegend11 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

This Goolsbee sounds like a typical econ prof with no real world airline experience. Wonder why Air Tran is purchasing ATA LGA slots if they are gonna connect thru ATL? DUH....

User currently offlineNy-jfk-lga From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 374 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

To all you ATA employees out there, our hearts go out to you. On behalf of a few of us here at the lil' 'i', Independence Air, we are keeping you in our prayers. We wish only the best for you guys.

i, wishes ATA all the best

Bring back McDonnell Douglas & T W A!!
User currently offline717-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Njdevilsin03, FL just announced new flights out of MDW to TPA, SRQ, FLL,
and RSW this past week and soon we will start service on a few routes
out of MDW other than to Florida.

72S 733 734 735 73G 738 742 752 763 E190 M82 M83
User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3349 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

What about Chicago Express? Probably means the end of any ATA service here in TOL....

User currently offlineN593HA From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

Does anyone know, if ATA will keep up their their flights from the Mainland out to Hawaii?

In this very difficult situation ATA is right now, there is no way, that TZ will start MDW-CGN-MDW flights next summer! Or am I completely wrong?

Well, my heart with all of you ATA workers and lets keep ATA flying as long as possible!


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