To be honest this article/statement means nothing. It only confirms that Boeing still has not taken a final decision. Let´s wait until Boeing has made up his mind. BTW, this is what AirTran says to the situation:
AirTran loves Boeing's 717, but not wedded to it
SEATTLE, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Discount carrier AirTran Airways said on Thursday it was very satisfied with its growing fleet of Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA - news) 717 jets, but would find replacement jets if the manufacturer discontinues the slow-selling model.
``We love the airplane. It is delivering better than Boeing promised,'' AirTran Marketing Director Tad Hutcheson told Reuters by telephone. If Boeing were to shut down the line, ``We would find another airplane. It's a buyer's market and we have never said we are going to be a one-airplane type airline.''
Chicago-based Boeing has said it will decide by year-end whether to stop building the 717, its smallest and slowest selling jet and the last production model remaining from McDonnell Douglas, which Boeing bought in 1997.
This is the second US carrier stating within a week that they could easily find another manufacturer, delivering a similar-sized model...