Airtran Express

Tue May 30, 2000 4:24 am

I read that Airtran Airways is going to start up an express Airline. Utilizing a Fleet of Canadair CL-65 Jets or CRJ-700, one of the two. I think this is a stupid Idea. I want your opinion. 717's are great for short Runways and I think it sucks to start an Express Airline unless there is a very good reason. What do you think

RE: Airtran Express

Tue May 30, 2000 4:47 am

An express airline is a great way to grow for a low-cost airline. I think if they can get to some underserved cities in the northeast (ex) Elmira), they could really take a bite out of USAirways Express and Delta Connection. I think it's a great idea.  
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RE: Airtran Express

Tue May 30, 2000 5:45 am

I don't know if it is still in place, but prior to AirTran's merger with ValuJet, AirTran did have a codeshare agreement with Comair.

RE: Airtran Express

Tue May 30, 2000 6:04 am

It's probably not in existence, because Comair was purchased by Delta, and that probably means exclusivity for comair with Delta.
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RE: Airtran Express

Tue May 30, 2000 6:05 am

The CRJs are almost as big as the 717s. Maybe they can better wait for the 717-100 for more fleet commonality. But a bunch of B1900s or so might work, to snatch away some small underserved towns into their system.
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RE: Airtran Express

Tue May 30, 2000 6:08 am

In the European market, lots of lo-cost carriers serve international destinations and domestic, so the definition of express vs. domestic vs. international carriers has ceased to have relvance.

RE: Airtran Express

Tue May 30, 2000 6:42 am


I do not think so. It said in the Article if they did do an Express then they would use Bombardier Jets. I do not think they would want a Beech1900 or EMB-120 or CL-44
  now, CL-65 or CRJ-700, Maybe a Boeing 717-100 if they come out with one but I think it would be awfully Small for a B O E I N G