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User currently offlineJbmitt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 547 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

My dad being "the aviation expert" that he is, insists that Airtran and ATA are synonymous for each other ie. the same airline. I'm nearly 100% certain that they are two seperate airlines, not affiliated with each other. I tried to tell him that ATA is mainly a business/charter airline out of MDW & IND flying 727's, L-1011's, 753's, and 738's. While Airtran is the low cost operator out of ATL flying DC-9's and 717's. Who is correct? Can somebody prove my point to my dad.

Jason

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User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3413 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

you are 100% correct, they are 2 separate airlines

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16285 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Until ATA rebranded itself as ATA, its nick was 'Amtran', which sounds alot like Air Tran.

Many folks still call ATA Amtran, which also sounds like Amtrak!




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1155 times:


Get ahold of annual reports for the two different airlines.


User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

Show him the fact that they have two different ticker symbols on the stock exchange:

ATA=AMTR
AirTran=AAI


User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1116 times:

In the schedule sense, ATA does lots of charters as well as scheduled air. Where AirTran does on schedule service i think. They are 2 different airlines.

User currently offlineFly_ATA From United States of America, joined May 2001, 616 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

These are two different airlines. airTran used to be Valuejet which then purchased a small airline in MCO called "airTran" and and took that name.

ATA also know as American Trans Air is not affliliated with any other airline except its commuter Chicago express ( ATA connection)

ATA was never called "amtran" ,Amtran is the holding company and ticker symbol for ATA and it's subsidaries.it is also its callsign.

Both ATA and airtran are damn fine carriers I might add.



User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1062 times:

back when i was with airtran ATA was one of the many rumors for potential rumors that floated around, but this one i heard from FL and ATA people...


User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1030 times:

They are different carriers and have different liveries. Their websites also show their different histories.


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AirTran is based out of ATL with headquarters in Orlando, FL. It began service as ValuJet in (I forget the exact date) 1992 or 1993.


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American Trans Air is based out of IND and MDW with headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. It began charter service in 1973. Scheduled passenger service began in 1986.



Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 995 times:

Your father is not the only one who makes that mistake. In cities where both carriers operate, especially in cities where the ticket counters and/or gates are near one another....people are CONSTANTLY getting in the wrong lines. MSP is the funniest....lined up together are:

American Airlines
America West Airlines
American Trans Air
AirTran Airways

The look of stark confusion as people approach these four counters is quite amusing.

Travis


User currently offlineFly_ATA From United States of America, joined May 2001, 616 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 940 times:

Same thing in MCO. Counters are not together but on same side of airport. Then you have the customeras who call ATA "ATT" LOL!

User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 938 times:
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When ATA has a flight they use Amtran as it's callsign. I heard it when I was on a UA flight listening to the ATC.


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