AirTran Has Come A Long Way Since The Days Of The ValueJet Merger

AirTran Has Come A Long Way
Since The Days Of The ValueJet Merger

Sept. 19, 2000,  it has not come easy for this company. With having to overcome the crash of ValueJet  Flight 592  in 1996, the FAA grounding its aircraft fleet, the merger of ValueJet  to the flight attendants declaring war against the company. AirTran Airways has grown from its past  with passenger traffic growth up by 25 percent. In August of this year, AirTran  reported an all time monthly high record for passenger travel. AirTran Airways growth is largely to do with the right decisions that are being made at the corporate levels. For example,

However, the company will have to continue to work at overcoming its past. Especially when it has the kinds of problems like Flight 913, returning back to the airport due to smoke in the cockpit.

On Aug. 8, AirTran Airways Flight 913, Atlanta bound aircraft returns to Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport. The DC-9 jet, left the gate in Greensboro at 3:10 p.m. bound for Atlanta and departed runway 5 at 3:30 p.m. Shortly after takeoff at an altitude of 7,000 feet and approximately fifteen miles from the airport, the captain reported smoke in the cockpit. The captain immediately decided to return to Greensboro, followed standard procedures and made a smooth landing on runway 23 at 3:45 p.m. The captain did declare an emergency to ensure prompt Air Traffic Control handling and the availability of emergency vehicles in the event they would be needed. The crew was in control of the aircraft at all times. All 56 passengers, five crew members and one jump seat rider were evacuated following standard emergency procedures using the aircraft's slides and stairs. Emergency vehicles and medical personnel met the aircraft. Four crew members and one passenger were treated and released for minor injuries at local hospitals.

AirTran Airways flew 387.5 million revenue passenger miles in August, up 25 percent compared to August 1999. Capacity, based on available seat miles, grew by 11.2 percent, while load factor, or percentage of seats filled, increased by 8.2 points to 74.8 percent, versus 66.6 percent in August 1999. Traffic levels represented the best August for the company. In addition, AirTran Airways flew more capacity in August than in any previous month in history. System wide, AirTran Airways operates 298 daily departures to 31 cities. Offering the convenience of easy, same concourse connections in Atlanta, AirTran Airways operates 138 daily departures from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport.
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