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Airtran And ATA

Mon Apr 15, 2002 8:12 am

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.

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RE: Airtran And ATA

Mon Apr 15, 2002 8:19 am

you are 100% correct, they are 2 separate airlines
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RE: Airtran And ATA

Mon Apr 15, 2002 8:22 am

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!

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RE: Airtran And ATA

Mon Apr 15, 2002 8:23 am

Get ahold of annual reports for the two different airlines.

RE: Airtran And ATA

Mon Apr 15, 2002 8:38 am

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

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RE: Airtran And ATA

Mon Apr 15, 2002 9:40 am

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.
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RE: Airtran And ATA

Mon Apr 15, 2002 11:13 am

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.

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RE: Airtran And ATA

Mon Apr 15, 2002 12:54 pm

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...
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RE: Airtran And ATA

Wed Apr 17, 2002 7:37 am

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.
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RE: Airtran And ATA

Thu Apr 18, 2002 1:12 am

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.

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RE: Airtran And ATA

Thu Apr 18, 2002 11:46 am

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

Thu Apr 18, 2002 11:58 am

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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