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AirTran had several more routes out of IAD like IAD-MCO and IAD-MDW. I agree w/ you on the fact that US finished AirTran on IAD-BOS and IAD-MCO but MetroJet was the one that pushed the stake into AirTran's heart at IAD. IAD-MDW was going nowhere so AirTran abandoned it and said adios to their hub.
As for PHL, AirTran flies into Delta's fortress hub which is much worse than USAirways' PHL.(I think it is a mallot pounder to have a competitor w/ high frequency plus widebody aircraft) True they have less flights there but that doesn't mean things can change...
P.S. If Wolf performs all those multiple tasks then he must be one stressed man. (Or is he? Since BA is looking at him should something happen.....)
AirTran makes money wherever they can(The philosophy of any low-fare). If they were making money in IAD I'm sure they would have stayed. If they felt PHL was also another money-maker, well hey, two hubs in the northeast isn't so bad now is it?!!
P.S. I liked your point on the 717s w/ AirTran and how it will help them in the future.
Also, I have been told that the Gulfport/Mirage Resorts contract is expiring soon. If AirTran abandons Gulfport look for more flights. As of where, perhaps PHL, ATL, and/or MCO, or a new city.
Take care "dudes" and good night