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Airtran Airways: America)(Brief article)

The Orlando-based LCC managed its fourth consecutive annual profit last year, earning $2.7 million, and although this was down from $12.3 million in 2004 it represented a notable achievement in light of 2005's devastating hurricanes and soaring fuel prices. Revenues for the year leaped 39% to $1.4 billion. AirTran carried 16.6 million passengers, but with its short average stage length of 651 mi. this translated into just 11.3 billion RPMs. On the other hand, it also makes the airline's 2005 nonfuel CASM of 6.27 cents all the more impressive. It added five 737s and two 717s during the year to bring the fleet at year end to 106 aircraft.


AirTran, which operates a mostly hub-and-spoke network from Atlanta, serves more than 40 destinations with 600 flights per day. …

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