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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Posted (16 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 890 times:

Now that AirTran has those sweet 717's, anyone know or think they will be serving the West anytime soon?

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User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 844 times:

Since the primary design of the 717 is for short (300nm) hops and high frequency, it is doubtful that it will be used to service longer routes. The max range in basic config. is only 1580 miles. Hope that helps.

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (16 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 819 times:

Nope, don't hold your breath, Matt. Serving the west is not really AirTran's goal. They have one main hub in ATL and can serve the entire east from there. if they start expanding they would need another hub, longer range planes (like 737's like SW has), more planes, personnel, etc and it all costs $$$. This way they can keep costs down. PLus, the northeast, and east, from BOS to ORD to ATL to MIA and everywhere in between is a very profitable (full seats) set of routes.

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
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