SOURCE: American Trans Air, Inc.
ATA Takes Delivery of New Boeing Aircraft
Carrier Soon to Have Youngest Fleet in the Industry
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2001--Since May, ATA (American Trans Air, Inc.)(Nasdaq:AMTR - news) has taken delivery of ten new aircraft from Boeing.
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Later today, the carrier anticipates the delivery of yet another new Boeing 737-800 -- with a new Boeing 757-300 scheduled to arrive on September 22. As ATA continues to add new aircraft to its fleet, plans are currently underway to retire the entire fleet of 727-200s by late October. Once these aircraft are retired, ATA will have the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleet in the industry.
``These new cost-effective planes will deliver a higher quality product to our customers while adding value to our operations,'' said Bill McKnight, ATA Executive Vice President for Marketing and Sales. ``They will benefit from the outstanding reliability of the new planes and its comfortable interior.''
The new 737-800 is equipped with advanced state-of-the-art technology and performance enhancing winglets that curve out and up from the wingtip. Winglets reduce aerodynamic drag and boost the aircraft's performance. The aircraft, which seats 175 passengers, includes the latest avionics and safety improvements with an interior decorated in soft, relaxing earth tones and comfortable leather seats. The 757-300 has the lowest seat-mile costs of any mid-sized or single-aisle jetliner, making it a cost-effective airplane to operate. The plane burns less fuel than older mid-range airplanes, meets community noise restrictions and complies with strict new international emissions standards. The aircraft, which also has leather seats, carries 247 passengers.
ATA expects to add six more new aircraft to its fleet by late December.
ATA, now in its 28th year of operation, is the nation's 10th largest passenger carrier, based on revenue passenger miles. ATA operates significant scheduled service from Chicago-Midway and Indianapolis to 32 business and vacation destinations and has a fleet of 59 aircraft - including seven new Boeing 737-800s and three Boeing 757-300s. Stock of the Company's parent company, Amtran, Inc., is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol ``AMTR.'' To make a reservation, contact your travel agent or call 1-800-I-FLY-ATA, or en Espanol at 1-800-VUELA-ATA. To make a reservation online or to learn more about the Company, visit the website at ata.com.