ACTUALLY GUYS AirTran IS
considering the A319.......here's a clip from an article.
AIRTRAN EVALUATE AIRCRAFT ORDER
AirTran Airways wants to order up to 100 more jetliners to continue its sharp growth, Chief Executive Joe Leonard said.
AirTran has strong ties to Boeing, but is also talking with rival jet maker Airbus about a possible blockbuster deal for 50 new jets and options on 50 more, Leonard said. Neither Boeing nor Airbus would confirm it was talking to AirTran, which currently leases most if not all of its 717s from Boeing and plans to continue growing at about 25 per cent per year from 2003 through 2005. "We would like, probably later this year, to put in an order for 100 airplanes - 50 firm airplanes and 50 options," Leonard said. "We see the need to take about one airplane a month to keep us on that growth plan, starting in mid next year." AirTran, which operates mostly on Eastern U.S. routes from its Atlanta hub, is the second all-Boeing carrier this month to say it might switch to Airbus, following Alaska Airlines similar statement on Jan 10.
Leonard said he would like to strike a deal in 2003 and begin taking delivery of which AirTran outfits with 117 seats, or taking slightly larger 737-700s, while one new jet per month by the middle of 2004, about the time a current AirTran agreement with Boeing for 717s has run its course. The talks with Boeing have centred on stretching or adding long-range fuel tanks to the 717, AirTran has talked with Airbus about the larger A319, Leonard said.