(Orlando, Fla., May 23, 2007) -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced that the airline has ordered 15 new Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737-700 series aircraft, delivery of which is scheduled to take place in 2011 and 2012. The airline currently operates 132 aircraft, 45 of which are Boeing 737-700 series aircraft and 87 of which are Boeing 717-200 aircraft, comprising America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. Including this announcement, AirTran has ordered a total of 115 Boeing 737-700s.
"AirTran Airways is committed to our long-range growth plan, and this order will provide the needed aircraft that will allow the airline to move forward with our strategic expansion while maintaining our business model of providing affordable, high-quality air travel through 2012," commented Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways' chairman and chief executive officer. "We continue to add new markets, new routes, and new planes, much to the delight of our loyal customers."
"AirTran Airways is proud to maintain our long-standing partnership with The Boeing Company for the benefit of our Crew Members and customers. The fuel-efficient, environmentally-friendly Boeing 737 is a proven, reliable cost-efficient aircraft," Leonard added.
"Orders from successful airlines, such as AirTran Airways, reaffirm the continued strong market support for the Next Generation 737 and its superior economics compared to similar aircraft of its type," said Ray Conner, Vice President, Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.