I was in Airtran Business Class on a 717 a few months ago for my old job, IAD
. It was alright, the fabric on the seats was a bit, i don't know, just weird for that kind of seat. It was indeed wider than a coach seat, and with a few inches more pitch. Nothing to write home about, but it made the short trip a little bit nicer, and it was for some reason cheaper than the same ticket in coach. I guess they raise prices linearly for business and coach, and more coach tickets had sold than business, so the business class fare was actually less than coach.
Now that i'm based out of SHJ
I fly UA
/LH intercontinental business class everywhere, that's a little bit different.