AirTran’s Final Flight Set for This Sunday
Final Flight to Retrace 1993 Launch Flight to Tampa
The move comes roughly three and one-half years after the airline was acquired by Southwest Airlines, a deal that gave Southwest a presence in many cities where it didn’t offer service, including AirTran’s principal hub in Atlanta, Georgia.
Much of AirTran’s flying has already been switched over to Southwest.
AirTran Flight 1 is scheduled to land in Tampa shortly before midnight, after departing from Atlanta’s Terminal N at 10:25 p.m. It will follow the 1993 inaugural route flown by ValuJet.
ValuJet, which merged with AirTran in 1997, allowed the airline to rebrand its operations under AirTran. The switch helped the troubled airline following the crash of ValuJet Flight 592 on May 11, 1996 in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people aboard, and the airline’s subsequent grounding.
The merger leaves Southwest as the country’s third largest carrier, after American Airlines and Delta.
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