OK, I finished a trip on Tuesday, and honestly, this is what I heard in *ONE* day:
-we are currently in the process of leasing six gates at LAS. However, we will not feed ATL nonstop, all flights will be to other cities (i.e. DFW, MDW, MSP, ICT, etc.).
-we are getting all of VuelaMex's 717s
-if can get the AA/TWA 717s, will park all but five DC9s this year. Would prefer to park all of them, but growth is going to be rapid.
-a second aircraft type (in addition to the 717) is definitely in the works, and will be brought into the fleet spring 2003.
These were heard from people who had them on "very reliable" sources. (Previous "very reliable rumors": merger with Continental, merger with America West, merger with ATA, purchase of 757s, we own 757s but they are being leased to blah blah blah, new hub at COS, 717-300 launch, etc. etc. etc.)
For the record, AirTran DOES NOT own any 757s, that are being leased to "Blank Airlines". This rumor has been around for years. As a publicly traded company, ALL assets of AirTran Holdings, Inc. must be listed in the annual report. And each year, I comb that sucker lookin for the 757s, and alas, they are just not there.
Yes there will be some rapid growth this year, and yes, we'll probably see some new cities. But other than that I don't look to see any "Airline or Industry Altering" announcements from the Tran any time soon.