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- Nov 25, 2005
Anyone else heard anything "substantial" on this rumor floating around?
AirTran tried the 50 seat deal a few years ago w/ Air Wisconsin CRJs. Didnt work out for some reason.
Monday, March 8, 2004
AirTran to terminate partnership with Air Wisconsin
The Business Journal of Milwaukee
After more than a year of service, AirTran Airways has decided to drop Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp., Appleton, as one of its regional carriers because the arrangement could not grow the short-haul fleet enough to satisfy the Orlando, Fla.-based discount airline.
Air Wisconsin said Friday that it would move the 10 planes that now fly as AirTran JetConnect to United Express, its long-time regional service for United Airlines.
Air Wisconsin said in a statement that the partnership, which began in November 2002, was unique because it paired a regional and a low-cost air carrier. The two parties had agreed to review the status of the experiment after approximately one year.
AirTran Airways decided that based on the economics of the current operation they would be unable to grow the JetConnect business. With no prospects for growing the fleet, both airlines agreed "it did not make sense to continue the partnership."
Operating as JetConnect, Air Wisconsin served AirTran's hub in Atlanta and also provided short-haul service in Florida. The airline also feeds United Airlines at its Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C., hubs.
The airline operates 475 departures per day to 54 cities in 25 states and two Canadian provinces. Its traffic has grown from more than 320 flights per day in October 2002, the month before it initiated AirTran JetConnect service. The growth reflects additional United Express service and the added AirTran service.
Don't shoot the messenger. I agree, let's kill the rumor then. Just wanted to see if anyone else had heard this ridiculous rumor and if there was any merit to it. Obviously not.
This one came out of left field for me!! After AirWilly cnx's their connect, I didn't think AirTran was interested in connection ever again. Typical of the airline industry though, things can change in a New York minute. Who knows, good to see rumors circulating again, however, hopefully means growth again--eventually!
I wouldn't have given it a second thought had the F/O not said that AirTran pilots were telling him about it. Could it possibly have something to do with finding flying for the ASA 50s? Is there really a shot that either OO or EV gets the new UA RP? Who knows right?
Airtran looses money on 50 seaters. Breaks even at 70. and can make a profit at 86 and up. Thats why they've been trying to get scope up to 100 seats for the last 5 years. Thats how it was explained to me anyways. Keep up the good fight.