AirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3711 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3053 times:
The airline was established in June 1993 and started operations on October 26, 1993 as Conquest Sun Airlines. It was renamed AirTran Airways in August 1994.
Following objections from Northwest Airlines to AirTran Airways' entry into the jet carrier business, its parent company signed an agreement with Northwest for the spin-off to shareholders of the non-airline businesses. They became part of a new holding company, AirWays Corporation, which also owned Mesaba Airlines.
In July 1997, AirWays Corporation announced a merger with ValuJet Airlines. In one of the U.S. airline industry's first reverse mergers, ValuJet was re-named AirTran Airways in 1997. This was done because the firm's public image never recovered from the crash of ValuJet Flight 592. On September 24, 1997 the parent company became AirTran Holdings Inc, and operations under new management began on September 1, 1998.
It was Mesaba, not NW
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
Mainland From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2919 times:
Northwest never held a 30% stake in the AirTran we know today. The AirTran name was born out of Mesaba, which in the early 90's formed a new holding company they named AirTran Corp. Northwest exercised previously issued warrants and acquired a 29.7% interest in the newly named AirTran Corp. Shortly thereafter AirTran Corp the holding company made its jet operations based at MCO (which would become AirTran as we know it today) into a wholly owned subsidiary. AirTran Corp then spun off the subsidiary to all its shareholders except Northwest and renamed itself Mesaba Holding. Northwest maintained its 29.7% interest in Mesaba until they bought the remaining stake earlier this year.
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Paladin87 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2698 times:
This is from NWA.com History section
March 8 Northwest Airlines, Inc. and AirTran Corporation reach a preliminary agreement for Northwest to increase its ownership of AirTran to 30%. AirTran is the parent of Mesaba Aviation, Inc., which operates as Northwest Airlink at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
TZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1468 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2229 times:
The nwa.com history section is wrong as NWA never owned any part of AirTran Corp. either then or now. Also, when will people stop using Wikipedia as an absolute authority on anything factual.
In 1988 Mesaba created a holding company AirTran Corp. with Mesaba as its sole subsidiary. In 1994, AirTran purchased Conquest Sun Airlines based in Orlando. It was renamed AirTran Airways and operated as a low-fare carrier, but violated the NWA pilot scope clause. In 1995 to solve this problem, AirTran Airways was completely spun off and AirTran Corp renamed Mesaba Holdings. At that time, NWA took a 29.7% stake in the new Mesaba Holdings. Only in January of this year did NWA acquire the remainder of now MAIR Holdings during their respective bankruptcies. AirTran Airways was subsequently acquired by Valujet with AirTran the surviving airline.
Therefore, NWA never had anything to do with AirTran Corp or AirTran Airways.
35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.