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AirTran Airways Officially Opens Milwaukee Crew Bases

Jim  Douglas

April 8, 2010 - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. Tuesday officially opened its pilot and flight attendant bases in Milwaukee.

The opening of the bases, which include more than 50 Boeing 737 pilots and 50 flight attendants, allows AirTran Airways to continue to expand its operations at General Mitchell International Airport, a key strategic location in the Midwest for the airline.

More than 100 pilots and flight attendants now assigned to General Mitchell International Airport, raising total number of crew members to more than 300.

"Opening these Crew bases is the next natural step of our expansion in Milwaukee," said Bob Fornaro, chairman, president and chief executive officer of AirTran Airways. "We are extremely proud of the fact that we have been able to keep every single promise we've made to this community, including this one. We look forward to many more years of promises kept." 

AirTran Airways has steadily expanded its operations at General Mitchell International Airport since first coming to the city in 2002. In addition to the pilot and flight attendant bases opening, the airline also operates a line maintenance station at the airport. In addition to its growing flight operations, AirTran Airways has been active in the community, supporting dozens of charities, including: the Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Circus Parade, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and the Wisconsin State Fair.

"Having AirTran Airways establish pilot and flight attendant crew bases at General Mitchell International Airport is outstanding news," said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. "We welcome both the jobs that AirTran is creating in Milwaukee, along with their phenomenal growth at Mitchell. Their increased operations bode well for our region. I congratulate them on their success."

AirTran Airways flies to 18 of the top 20 most popular destinations in the country from General Mitchell International Airport. This morning the Company began its newest route -Milwaukee to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It is a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. and a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years and is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Market Leadership Award from Air Transport World. AirTran Airways is the only major airline with Wi-Fi on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet.

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