RIP AirTran

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    May 06, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    I don't know if others have a take (or even care), but I am really dreading Southwest Airlines eliminating the AirTran brand. I am not a big AirTran flyer in general, but I have been traveling between St Louis and Milwaukee nearly weekly for the last year or so for work, and AirTran has the most convenient schedule so I am becoming a 'regular' on that route. During this time, I have acquired enough FF points for several round trips and due to overcrowding in flying home on Friday night, I have voluntarily been 'bumped' to Saturday morning and have a buttload of flight vouchers. I am working hard to use them up before the brand conversion takes place, as I dread the thought of flying with the masses of Southwest. Lack of seating assignments, nasty FF program, unprofessional flight attendants trying too hard to make stupid jokes, lack of business class, lack of international destinations, no partner earning potential, etc. . . I may switch to American Airlines and the miserable O'Hare connection, I guess. With all of the problems in the world, I realize this is very insignificant and somewhat petty, but I will miss AirTran and hope it takes a long time to eliminate the brand.
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    May 06, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    It sucks because that means that there's one less choice when looking for flights...AirTran and Southwest both have their good points and bad points. On the plus for AirTran, good prices and pretty good service, but whenever I fly with them the first thing that comes to mind is Valujet (I'm sure you know that story...) and Southwest has pretty good prices too, a good safety record and great service (only if you're in the mood to laugh) but some of their check in policies are stupid and with the recent holes in the roof on their planes I've stopped flying them. Hopefully something good comes as a result of the two but I still prefer Continental...who is also being eliminated :/
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    May 06, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    I just don't want to stand in a fucking line to get my seat =
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    May 06, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    SableCat15 saidOn the plus for AirTran, good prices and pretty good service, but whenever I fly with them the first thing that comes to mind is Valujet (I'm sure you know that story...)


    I still think Valujet every time I fly AirTran myself, although I never flew them and was a lil' tyke when flight 592 took place.
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    May 08, 2011 11:02 AM GMT
    Yeah - I miss a lot of the old carriers. Eastern, Pan Am, TWA, Midway, Northwest, Delta.
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    May 08, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    adam228 saidI just don't want to stand in a fucking line to get my seat =


    When I had to fly back home suddenly one year from Key West, the Attendant had been greeting people politely when she noticed that boarders were standing in the aisle, talking and slowly putting luggage in the overhead compartment while others stood on the tarmac in the heat.
    She yells "People, people!! We're not picking out patio furniture here! Find your seat and get in it!"

    The place exploded with applause!
  • DCEric

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    May 08, 2011 12:21 PM GMT
    What about Midwest? True, fewer destinations than AirTran, but I hear it is a very good regional airline.
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    May 08, 2011 12:22 PM GMT
    In airline mergers, usually it takes a while (1-2 years) for the consolidation to truly happen...so you will probably see AirTran planes over the next year...but yeah, the industry is consolidating and it does deprive one of your choices. That's never good..
  • gsh1964

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    May 08, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
    I always call it "AirTranny"

    Don't know why, just did.

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    May 09, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    God, do I miss TWA. Great service, nice planes, great routes, very efficient and courteous staff. I flew the JFK - Rome, Italy route often and had 200k FF miles when they went under. Only Emirates comes close to the, these days.

    RIP, US quality airlines.
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    May 09, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    AmericaWorst (America West), NorthWorst (North West), SouthWorst. Still there.

    Delta - Doesn't ever Leave the Airport
    American - Hardly Patriotic with it's less then ample leg room
    Continental - Clean planes
    United - Plenty of FF with them.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 09, 2011 3:20 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said "People, people!! We're not picking out patio furniture here! Find your seat and get in it!"


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  • ohioguy12

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    May 09, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    adam228 saidI just don't want to stand in a fucking line to get my seat =


    I love picking my own seat. Helps me stay away from crying babies, and the odds are better of sitting next to some cool people. With that being said, I will miss AirTran.
  • groundcombat

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    May 09, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    With the exception of short regional hops on sale to LAS, SAN, DEN, SLC, or SJC, I don't find Southwest to be all that cheap. Most of the time they're not my cheapest option for anything farther than Denver and even then they aren't the cheapest most of the time unless you catch a fare sale.
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    May 09, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    I'm looking forward to this merger, actually. More and cheaper routes.

    You can guaranteed seating on Southwest, you just have to pay a little more. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • hotelbistud

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    May 09, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    I'm luv'in it. One of the best run companies in tie world
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    Oct 09, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidI'm looking forward to this merger, actually. More and cheaper routes.

    You can guaranteed seating on Southwest, you just have to pay a little more. Correct me if I'm wrong.


    No you are right - and now SW service tothe Caribbean! And finally competition on PHL>ATL!!
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Oct 09, 2011 2:21 PM GMT
    I can't believe I missed this thread....

    As some of you know, I work in the travel industry and book air for my clients (in vacation packages) on both airlines. To be honest with you, neither one would be my first choice....

    Strictly from a business standpoint, AirTran is a real bitch to work with as they make you jump through burning hoops of fire to get simple information for a client. Southwest is about as professional as a loud, smelly fart during an Easter Sunday Mass......The bad jokes and their simple, homespun philosophy turns on Ma and Pa that travel every 10 years, and turns off more seasoned travelers.

    It still has not been determined, but Southwest will likely continue the Caribbean routes AirTran has. That means they will service Nassau (NAS), Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ) and Cancun (CUN). These are high-demand routes, but if you're looking for something more exotic, forget it.

    When the "Single Operating Certificate" indicating AirTran has been fully absorbed into the Southwest system is issued by the FAA (should be first quarter of next year), the AirTran brand will no longer exist and you will not see the script "A" on the plane's tail any longer. It also means if you fly to Orlando, you will see nothing but Southwest here as they are currently the dominant carrier (takeoffs/landings/landing slots or gates) here and AirTran is not that far behind. A couple of weeks before the merger was announced, AirTran opened new corporate facilities in Orlando (Atlanta is still their home, with a good portion of their operation here). Who knows what is going to happen with that.

    To the OP: If you are still doing the STL-MKE route, would you consider doing that on Frontier? They have a mini-hub in MKE now with Midwest pushed out of the market. Hopefully, not everything going out of STL on Frontier is to Denver.

    Lastly, some have complained a lot about US Airways in the past. Actually, I find them to be my first choice on the travel I do take. US Airways can be a bit of an adventure with a PHL connection, but it is what it is there.....I say use and support them and not Southwest. The fare prices are not that much different.

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    Oct 09, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    XMILGUYDC saidGod, do I miss TWA. Great service, nice planes, great routes, very efficient and courteous staff. I flew the JFK - Rome, Italy route often and had 200k FF miles when they went under. Only Emirates comes close to the, these days.

    RIP, US quality airlines.


    TWA - great service , nice planes, courteous staff? You have got to be kidding!
  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 09, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
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    SableCat15 saidOn the plus for AirTran, good prices and pretty good service, but whenever I fly with them the first thing that comes to mind is Valujet (I'm sure you know that story...)


    I still think Valujet every time I fly AirTran myself, although I never flew them and was a lil' tyke when flight 592 took place.


    And when you boarded an American, Continental, Delta, United, US Air, Frontier, Republic, British Air, Air France, Lufthansa, SAS, Korean, Swiss Air, Italia, El Al, Aeroflot, Singapore Air, Ari India, Iberian, etc. etc. etc. flight did you think of all their crashes as well?

    I will miss the cheap upgrades to Business Class. The really sad thing is, All Airlines have become Economy Airlines. No more service or nicer flight from the "Full Service Airlines. Southwest will make it cheap to get to cites out west that AirTran didn't service. Southwest in Atlanta has been a long time coming. Delta will have to set up it's game.
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    Oct 09, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    adam228 saidI just don't want to stand in a fucking line to get my seat =


    What he said.
  • atlcollege12

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    Oct 09, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    RIP airtran is right. extremely well run and organized airline. they dont mess around if you are not in the boarding area on time.. they board ontime and always leave ontime or even early. and get in early a lot. leaving atlanta you leave the gate and take right off. especially very convenient from atlanta. even through economy they come and ask you a couple of times if u want anything else ie drinks even on short atl-ny flights. sad to see them go.