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Wife Bought SWA Tix, Booked On ATA, What Gives?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:12 am

Who is ATA, what does SWA sell flights on them? Are they a safe A/L? Sorry if this has been discussed before, I'm totally in the dark here.
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RE: Wife Bought SWA Tix, Booked On ATA, What Gives?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:15 am

ATA Airlines and Southwest has a codeshare agreement with them to certain cities WN doesn't fly to. The codeshare agreement between TZ and WN came about as the result of WN purchasing some TZ assets @ MDW (beat out FL in the bidding for the assets), and loaning TZ some money for a stake in the airline.
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RE: Wife Bought SWA Tix, Booked On ATA, What Gives?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:16 am

ATA has been around for 30 years or so...
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
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RE: Wife Bought SWA Tix, Booked On ATA, What Gives

Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:49 am

Quoting Redneckslim (Thread starter):
Who is ATA, what does SWA sell flights on them? Are they a safe A/L? Sorry if this has been discussed before, I'm totally in the dark here.

I can understand your confusion. A few years ago I flew into LGA and saw several of their planes with this bizarre logo that didn't ring any bells. That was my first introduction to ATA.

ATA Facts (ATA Airlines, Inc.)

Business Focus
ATA serves major business centers and the most popular vacation destinations through its scheduled service and charter operations. Now in its 32nd year, ATA's brand of reliable, high quality air transportation serves more than 10 million passengers annually.

Parent Company
ATA Holdings Corp. is the holding company for ATA Airlines, Inc. and five other subsidiaries and is traded over the counter.


* ATA (ATA Airlines, Inc.), providing scheduled service to over 30 destinations
* ATA Charter, the largest North American operator of charter services
* Ambassadair Travel Club, Inc., the largest air travel club in the U.S.
* ATA Cargo, Inc., markets cargo services
* Amber Travel, travel agency services
* ATA ExecuJet, Inc., providing corporate aircraft and helicopter services

1973 Year founded
1981 Air carrier status approved
1986 Scheduled passenger service begins
1992 Scheduled service hub opens at Chicago-Midway
1999 Surpassed $1 billion in annual revenue
2000 "Major Carrier" status achieved
2001 Begins re-fleeting process and scheduled service from Chicago-Midway to international destinations.
2003 ATA announces a company name change from American Trans Air, Inc. to ATA Airlines, Inc.
2004 ATA Holdings Corp. begins restructuring efforts


J. George Mikelsons, Chairman and CEO
James W. Hlavacek, Vice Chairman
Gilbert F. Viets, Executive Vice President and CFO
Richard W. Meyer, Jr., Senior Vice President of Employee Relations
Brian T. Hunt, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
John W. Graber, Senior Vice President of Flight Operations and Maintenance
Douglas F. Yakola, Senior Vice President of Customers and Ground Operations

7337 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46231 USA

Total Employees: 6,900

ATA operates one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleet in the airline industry including Boeing 737-800s, 737-300, 737-500, 737-700, 757-200s, 757-300s and Lockheed L-1011s.

A safety record second to none, the fleet is supported by ATA's own maintenance and engineering technicians, with maintenance and engineering facilities in Indianapolis and Chicago-Midway, and a number of maintenance support stations worldwide.

Scheduled Service Markets
ATA offers low fares and integrated tour packages, along with the convenience and value of nonstop service, electronic ticketing, and advance seat assignment.

Chicago-Midway, IL

ATA Destinations
Aruba • Boston, MA • Cancun, Mexico • Chicago-Midway, IL • Cozumel, Mexico* • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX • Denver, CO • Ft. Myers, FL • Guadalajara, Mexico • Honolulu, HI • Indianapolis, IN • Ixtapa, Mexico* • Kona, HI* • Las Vegas, NV • Lihue, Kauai, HI* • Los Angeles, CA • Maui, HI • Miami, FL • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN • New York, NY (LGA) • Newark, NJ • Orlando, FL • Phoenix, AZ • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico* • San Francisco, CA • San Juan, Puerto Rico • Sarasota/Bradenton, FL* • Washington, DC (DCA)


Southwest Airlines Codeshare Cities
Albany, NY • Albuquerque, NM • Amarillo, TX • Austin, TX • Baltimore, MD • Birmingham, AL • Boise, ID • Buffalo, NY • Burbank, CA • Cleveland, OH • Columbus, OH • Detroit, MI • El Paso, TX • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • Hartford, CT • Houston, TX • Jackson, MS • Jacksonville, FL • Kansas City, MO • Little Rock, AR • Long Island/Islip, NY • Louisville, KY • Manchester, NH • Nashville, TN • New Orleans, LA • Norfolk, VA • Oakland, CA • Oklahoma City, OK • Omaha, NE • Ontario, CA • Orange County, CA • Philadelphia, PA • Pittsburgh, PA • Portland, OR • Providence, RI • Raleigh/Durham, NC • Reno, NV • Sacramento, CA • Salt Lake City, UT • San Antonio, TX • San Diego, CA • San Jose, CA • Seattle, WA • St. Louis, MO • Tampa, FL • Tucson, AZ • Tulsa, OK • West Palm Beach, FL

Charter Service
ATA is the largest North American operator of commercial and military charters.

ATA provides worldwide capacity to more than 400 destinations for a variety of customers, including leading tour operators, the U.S. military, government agencies, incentive customers and corporate clients.

Booking Information
Making a reservation with ATA is easy. Just book on-line at or call
1-800-I-FLY-ATA (800-435-9282). En español 1-800-VUELA-ATA (800-883-5228). Travel agents can book and ticket ATA through their CRS under the "TZ" code. ATA participates in the four major domestic CRS systems.
AK AC NH HP AA CX 5J RP 9L CP CO DL KA U2 EV F9 G7 JO JL KE LH YV NW PR YX RC S5 SQ OO DL WN UA FD TG UA US 300 319 320 321 330 388 727 732 733 735 737 738 739 742 743 744 752 753 763 764 772 77L 773 77W 788 789 C200 700 900 DC-9 E90 145 170 175 MD8X/9X
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RE: Wife Bought SWA Tix, Booked On ATA, What Gives?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:52 am

ATA has mostly new planes and is safe. Southwest and ATA Have an agreement.
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RE: Wife Bought SWA Tix, Booked On ATA, What Gives?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:00 am

I fly on AA around 85-90% of my North American flights, after that, I fly TZ, they are a very good airline.....I wouldn't be concerned one bit about flying on them.. no 
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RE: Wife Bought SWA Tix, Booked On ATA, What Gives?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 11:01 am

I was surprised at that too Redneckslim, I head an advertisement the other day for southwest and at the end it said "Some flights may be booked with ATA" really fast. lol But ATA is a real good airline from what I hear.

"Go easy with ATA"  Cool

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