AirTran Airways Honored With Prestigious Air Transport World Award

Jan. 14, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious Market Leadership Award from Air Transport World (ATW), a Penton Media publication and the leading monthly magazine covering the global airline industry.

AirTran Airways received this award for its ground-breaking deployment of Wi-Fi Internet access on every flight as well as its innovative blending of the traditional low-cost carrier model with features not typical of low-cost carriers, including Business Class, complimentary XM Satellite Radio and wide array of on-board beverages on every flight.

"We are honored to win this highly-coveted award," said Bob Fornaro, chairman, president and chief executive officer, AirTran Airways. "The Market Leadership Award is a significant testament to the hard work and dedication of our 8,500 Crew Members that strive day in and day out to provide the best possible service to our customers."

In addition to providing the best combination of value and service in the industry, the editors of ATW also factored in the company's financial performance when deciding to bestow the Market Leadership Award to AirTran Airways.

"AirTran Airways' quick and successful response to the economic downturn enabled it to post a profit for the first three quarters of 2009," said Perry Flint, editorial director, ATW.

The Market Leadership Award is the latest in a string of prestigious awards and accolades for the company, including being ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating for the past two years. The award will be presented to AirTran Airways on February 1, 2010, in Singapore at ATW's gala dinner and awards presentation.

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI) and a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years. AirTran is the only major airline with Wi-Fi on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Its low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

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