You couldn't pay me to fly AirTran.
You can say whatever you want to: "They are held to the same standards as American, Delta or United..." or... let's see.... "Those are great old DC-9s there flying, very reliable and very well maintained..."
Well, here are my arguments.
If they were being held to the same standards, Atlanta iInternational Airport wouldn't have scrubbed down that burnt up DC-9 now, would they? Who has heard of an AIRPORT cleaning an airplane after it has nearly been destroyed? And AirTran had a part in that, too, don't doubt.
Maintained just like any other airline? I don't see Northwest's DC-9's limping back to a runway with smoke and flame trailing behind.
Now, I would probably get on a FL 717. But one has to wonder- if they can't keep fire away from one plane, what's the difference? Sure, the 717 is newer and the wires aren't NEARLY as corroded et cetera, but still... If you buy a new car and the only thing you ever do to it is add gasoline, it's not gonna last very long.
That's my opinion, shoot it down if you want to.
But remember- four FL fires in four months is pretty bad, and I believe that figure is correct.
P.S.- I thought Spirit was having major financial woes??? Consider United- they usually have great airfares, but I don't know about group discounts....
They are based at ORD though.
That may help.
Right now, United's site is down. I will try again later. Being a Mileage Plus member I have the ability to query United for airfares- and they will even tell me other airlines lower prices.