AirTran Details its Plans for Midwest

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, AirTran says it would add 74 daily departures from Mitchell International Airport, double seating capacity and add 29 destinations.

Boyd said that sounded reasonable.

264 pilots

AirTran's projected job count includes 264 pilot positions and 396 flight attendant jobs, according to the filing. Although those flight crew positions would be based at Mitchell, they would likely be filled in part by people living outside the Milwaukee area, which is typical in the airline industry.

The other jobs would be 66 mechanics, 50 reservation agents, 315 customer service and ramp agents, and 25 managerial and administrative positions, the filing says. The initial payroll for the 1,100-plus jobs would be $30 million, and it would grow to $50 million through salary increases.

The filing is targeted to community leaders, some of whom have publicly sided with Midwest's plans to remain independent, Healy said.

AirTran also is trying to reach shareholders, who would ultimately decide whether the takeover bid is successful.

AirTran's $13.25-a-share tender offer to shareholders expires March 8, but the expiration could be delayed.

In trading Monday before the filing was made, AirTran shares fell 30 cents to close at $10.75; Midwest stock fell 10 cents to close at $13.30.

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