You know, not to be negative or sarcastic, but this airline just does not have the luck.
First, let's look at the Flight 592 disaster, that happened on my birthday, May 11. That was due to a fire.
Then they had that 717 make an emergency landing due to electrical problems/shorting out, which could have become a fire hazard.
Now they've had another fire issue.
I don't have any problem at all with low cost carriers- I love Southwest and would not hesitate to fly them again. But Airtran/Valujet is a line that I have zero confidence in. They made a good choice to go with those 717's, and in my opinion they can't move them in fast enough. Those DC-9s are WAY WAY WAY past their prime.
Don't get me wrong here either- the DC-9 is my favorite plane. Legend's DC-9's are fitted with cargo hold fire detection AND supression systems. But AFAIK AirTran hasn't done this.
So, bring in the 717s and make a safer airline!!!
And more profitable too!!!