KarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3250 posts, RR: 9 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3901 times:
Press Release Courtesy AirTran
AirTran Airways Offers Flights for Return of RARE Teal Flamingos
- Airline Releases 3,000 Flamingos to Celebrate New Service to Ft. Lauderdale, but Needs Four Back -
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced new nonstop flights from Akron-Canton Airport to Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and unveiled a flock of pink flamingos, scattered throughout the Ohio cities of Cleveland, Akron and Canton. Four strategically placed grand-prize teal flamingos, who answer to the names Sandy, Shelly, Sunny and Shiny, will win each of their lucky finders a set of tickets on AirTran Airways.
AirTran Airways and Akron-Canton Airport will pepper Northeast Ohio with 3,000 pink plastic yard flamingos -- along with four teal misfits -- as a tribute to the airline's nonstop routes between Akron-Canton and Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Tampa and Orlando. Snowbirds can do some online "bird watching" at http://www.airtran.com/flamingos for clues to the location of the four flighty teal featherheads. The clues will be the key to winning a pair of roundtrip tickets on AirTran Airways.
"We are tickled pink to announce the expansion of our route map to include direct flights from Akron-Canton to various destinations in the Sunshine State," said Tad Hutcheson, AirTran Airways' vice president of marketing and sales. "Now vacationers looking to trade their ski jackets for swimsuits can flock to Florida in comfort while enjoying AirTran Airways' Business Class seating, free XM Satellite Radio and the nation's youngest all-Boeing fleet."
Eagle-eyed Ohioans should be on the lookout for the four wayward flamingos between January 4 and January 12, 2007, when the contest ends (visit http://www.airtran.com for contest rules). Jet-setters may have to go out on a limb in their flamingo search, but AirTran Airways A+ Rewards members can log on to http://www.airtran.com/flamingos and receive clues as to the whereabouts of the teal flamingos every day. Who knew bird-watching could be so much fun?
The following nonstop flights will be available between Akron-Canton Airport and Ft. Lauderdale Airport, effective January 4, 2007:
Nonstop Service Between Akron-Canton and Ft. Lauderdale
From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
Akron-Canton Ft. Lauderdale 503 7:50 a.m. 10:40 a.m. Daily
Ft. Lauderdale Akron-Canton 504 5:59 p.m. 8:49 p.m. Daily
About AirTran Airways:AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low-fare airlines with 8,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates nearly 700 daily flights to 52 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways' aircraft features the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717-200 to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class and XM Satellite Radio on every flight. For reservations or more information, visit http://www.airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).
About Akron-Canton Airport:
Akron-Canton Airport opened its new, spacious, four-gate passenger concourse, from which AirTran Airways operates its big jet flights, in early May. The concourse is the centerpiece of the airport's $60 million, five-year STAR expansion project. Other elements of STAR included longer runways, a new baggage claim wing, additional car parking and a food court with national brands. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's fourth-quarter Domestic Airline Fares Consumer Report, CAK ranked as the sixth-least- expensive airport in the United States. Additional information, including flight reservations, directions, real-time arrivals and departures, and a blog port is available at http://www.akroncantonairport.com, CAK's new web portal. Akron-Canton Airport, a better way to go(R).
Media Contacts: Tad Hutcheson
DeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 818 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3637 times:
Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 3): FL has quite an operation at CAK now don't they? The only things they are missing are flights to BWI and MDW.
Perhaps with the delivery of more 737's they could free up a couple of 717's to do a BWI & MDW run in the near future? I believe the real problem for those routes would be gate space at MDW though. FL knows they are limited on gate space thus the possible reasoning for the MKE/YX merger. BWI they could pull off though.
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2511 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3584 times:
Quoting DeltaDAWG (Reply 4): Perhaps with the delivery of more 737's they could free up a couple of 717's to do a BWI & MDW run in the near future? I believe the real problem for those routes would be gate space at MDW though. FL knows they are limited on gate space thus the possible reasoning for the MKE/YX merger. BWI they could pull off though.
There is still gate space in MDW. They will start MIA on thursday and by dropping EWR, they could open new routes. They should also stop flights to MSP and start CAK. There is too much competition on the MDW-MSP route. On Sunday I flew ATL-MDW on a B717 that continues to MSP. The flight was full on the ATL-MDW leg and it had only 28 passengers on the MDW-MSP leg...
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3349 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3515 times:
Remember that FL does well at CAK by drawing a lot of traffic away from CLE. CLE has more than a dozen daily flights on both CO and WN to both MDW and BWI. FL would be crazy to start service to either city, as they won't draw traffic away from CLE. As the price of fuel is coming down, lets hope for a return of LAS service. I think CAK-DFW has potential as well. AA and CO both run RJ's on the route, and the business fares are crazy on the route. CAK leadership would like DCA service, but now that Rep Regula is in the minority, I'm not sure he'll have the pull to free up a few slots.
I was going to fly DTW-FLL in March on FL, but maybe now I'll drive down to CAK instead....
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34123 posts, RR: 70
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3486 times:
Quoting Rojo (Reply 5): There is still gate space in MDW. They will start MIA on thursday and by dropping EWR, they could open new routes. They should also stop flights to MSP and start CAK. There is too much competition on the MDW-MSP route. On Sunday I flew ATL-MDW on a B717 that continues to MSP. The flight was full on the ATL-MDW leg and it had only 28 passengers on the MDW-MSP leg...
Remember, some of these routes - like Boston, Miami, and Charlotte - were added because ATA's departure left them without non-stop flights to Chicago Midway. I don't see them adding much to Midway except San Francisco.
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3349 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 7): I don't see them adding much to Midway except San Francisco
Agreed. And if the YX deal goes thru, that service will be moved to MKE. CAK-MKE could be a possibility then, I think FL sees MKE as Chicago-North, and plans to pull traffic from the northern suburbs... But I digress..