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Name: AIRTRAN AIRLINES - VALUJET
7JetSet7 Code: VAU
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: ORLANDO
Country: USA
Employees 2974
Web: airtran.com
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Background
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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1993 AS VALUJET. SEE (CQT) FOR LATER NAMED AIRTRAN DATA.

JANUARY 1995: INCDT: VALUJET (VAU) DC-9-32 (47489) COLLIDED WITH A TUG DURING PUSHBACK AT MEMPHIS.

AUGUST 1995: +3 ORDERS DC-9-30'S, 1 EX-(DAL), 2 EX-(EOI), FOR TOTAL 38.

OCTOBER 1995: 50/50 ORDERS, AS LAUNCH CUSTOMER OF THE MD-95 (717-200).

DECEMBER 1995: ENTERS SMALL-PACKAGE SERVICE MARKET.

ROBERT ZOLLER, VP TECHNICAL OPERATIONS (EX-PSA).

2 DC-9-20'S (JT8D-11), EX-(CMI), 2 DC-9-20'S (JT8D-11), EX-AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE CORP, & 1 DC-9-30 (JT8D-9A).

JANUARY 1996: /95 = +$67.8 MILLION (+$20.7 MILLION): 2.6 BILLION (RPM) TRAFFIC (+179%), +159% (ASM) CAPACITY, 5,178,000 PASSENGERS, 68.8% LF (+4.8). /95 AVERAGE TRIP LENGTH = 507 M (/94 = 461 M, /93 = 416 M).

FEBRUARY 1996: +9 DC-9'S (DC-9-32'S: 47089 EX-(IBE), 2 47278/47319
EX-(MGM), 3 47484/4755/47559 EX-(BMA), DC-9-31'S: 2 45839/47140 EX-(SJI), 1 47271 EX-(AAU). (VAU) HAS NOW PURCHASED 53 DC-9-21/30'S & CURRENTLY OPERATES 43.

MARCH 1996: VALUJET IS A FINALIST WITH SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (SWA) IN THE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION'S "INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY" AWARDS.

1ST MD-80, 2ND, & 3RD, IN MAY. 2 MD-82'S (48048/87), EX-(VNS). +4 MD-80'S (JT8D), EX-(SWS), 164 PAX. REJECTED 1 DC-9-30, EX-(AAU), DUE TO UNACCEPTABLE CONDITION AND RECORDS. HAS 48 DC-9'S, & 3 MD-80'S = 51 AIRPLANES, & WILL HAVE 58 AIRPLANES BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

MAY 1996: AVERAGE AGE OF FLEET IS 26 YEARS. (SWS) PURCHASE INCLUDES 1 MD-82 (49101) (JULY/96) AND 3 MD-81'S (48013/48011/48003) (SEPTEMBER 1996 - SEPTEMBER 1997).

ACCDT: VALUJET (VAU) DC-9-32 (47377, /69) ON TAKE-OFF FROM MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MIA) CRASHED IN EVERGLADES (DUE TO SMOKE IN COCKPIT & CABIN) = 5/105 FATALITIES. THE DC-9-32, EX-DELTA AIR LINES (DAL), HAD 67,804 FLIGHT HOURS, AND 80,157 FLIGHT CYCLES.

JUNE 1996: VALUJET (VAU) VOLUNTARILY CEASED OPERATIONS DUE TO (FAA) CONCERNS ABOUT MAINTENANCE. WILL LAY OFF MOST OF 4,000 EMPLOYEES.

SEPTEMBER 1996: 2 DC-9-30'S (JT8D-9A), EX-(MDF).

OCTOBER 1996: VALUJET (VAU) RESUMED OPERATIONS.

LIMITED TO SERVING 7 CITIES FROM ATLANTA WITH 15 AIRPLANES. THEN WILL EXPAND. LOST MINIMUM -$35 MILLION DURING SHUTDOWN. THE GAP WAS FILLED BY SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (SWA), & NOW DELTA AIR LINES (DAL) IS ENTERING THE MARKET WITH A "NO FRILLS" OPERATION.

SOLD 15 AIRPLANES AND 5 SPARE ENGINES INCLUDING 4 DC-9-21'S, 3 MD-80'S, & 2 DC-9-31'S, + 6 MD-80'S, YET TO BE DELIVERED. NOW HAS 15 AIRPLANES IN SERVICE, AND 15 IN STORAGE.

NOVEMBER 1996: D JOSEPH CORR, PRESIDENT & CEO. LEWIS JORDAN, CHAIRMAN.

JANUARY 1997: /96 = -$41.5 MILLION (+$67.8 MILLION): -41.5% (RPM) TRAFFIC, -29.5% (ASM) CAPACITY, 57.1% LF (-11.7); 3 MILLION PASSENGERS, -42%. 4TH QUARTER = -$20.6 MILLION.

15 HUSH KITTED OF 22 DC-9'S.

RESUMED SERVICE TO BOSTON LOGAN.

MAY 1997: 1ST QUARTER = -$18.5 MILLION. 25 AIRPLANES IN SERVICE. +3 IN MAY. 30 AIRPLANES BY SUMMER. 3 AIRPLANES LEASED OUT. 8 FOR SALE, OR LEASE.

JUNE 1997: ADDS DULLES - MIDWAY, & BOSTON - PHILADELPHIA.

JULY 1997: 2ND QUARTER = -$9.6 MILLION: -29.5% (RPM) TRAFFIC, -28.5% (ASM) CAPACITY, 54.9% LF (-.8).

/96 = -$41.47 MILLION (+$67.76 MILLION).

1,629 EMPLOYEES.

MAKES AN AGREEMENT TO MERGE INTO (CQT) TO RID CARRIER OF STIGMATIZED NAME, AND INCREASE ITS MAINTENANCE CAPABILITY AND OVERCOME (FAA) RESTRICTIONS ON GROWTH. TO BE RENAMED "AIRTRAN AIRLINES" AND ITS DC-9'S TO BE PAINTED IN SAME LIVERY AS AIRTRAN AIRWAYS 737-200'S. (VAU) TO ISSUE SHARES WORTH $62 MILLION FOR ALL (CQT) STOCK. (VAU) PRESIDENT, JOSEPH CORR IS TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW AIRTRAN HOLDINGS WITH ROBERT SWENSON, CHAIRMAN. TOGETHER, WILL OPERATE 40 AIRPLANES TO 46 DESTINATIONS. THE NEW COMPANY IS LIKELY TO BE BASED IN ORLANDO.

1,629 EMPLOYEES.

SEPTEMBER 1997: OFFICIALLY RENAMED "AIRTRAN AIRLINES." NEW LOGO WITH LOWER CASE "A" = AFFORDABLE.

OCTOBER 1997: 9 MONTHS MERGED (VAU)/(CQT) = 2.206 MILLION PASSENGERS, 53.3% LF.

VALUJET, INC. PARENT COMPANY, 3RD QUARTER = -$14.6 MILLION (-$21.9 MILLION). 1ST 9 MONTHS = -$42.3 MILLION: 51.6% LF.

HAS ADDED BUSINESS CLASS SERVICE, PRE-ASSIGNED SEATING, & COMPUTER RESERVATION SYSTEM LISTING.

CODE SHARE WITH (CQT) HAS CHANGED WHOLE COMPANY CULTURE. MERGER IS
EXPECTED TO BE FINAL BY DECEMBER. 1,629 EMPLOYEES (3RD Q).

NOVEMBER 1997: MOVE TO ORLANDO RESULTS IN +$42 MILLION FROM TAX BREAK.

MERGER WITH (CQT) OK'D. ALTHOUGH OPERATING SEPARATELY, THE MERGED COMPANY HAS 11 737'S, 32 DC-9'S, 239 DAILY DEPARTURES TO 46 CITIES.
TO GROW TO 50 AIRPLANES BY END OF 1998.

DECEMBER 1997: AIRTRAN HOLDINGS NAMED ANDREW MORGAN, VP ENGINEERING & QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) FOR (VAU), AND (CQT), EX-(CQT) VP CONTRACTS. ROBERT WITTENBERG, SENIORR VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING, EX-DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & PROGRAM MANAGER, BOEING MD-95 DIVISION, REPLACES JIM JENSEN, WHO WILL RETURN TO BOEING NEXT MONTH.

DC-9-31 (47170) RETURNED FROM (EOI).

JANUARY 1998: NEW YORK LAGUARDIA - ATLANTA.

AIRTRAN HOLDINGS 1997 = 2.423 BILLION (RPM) TRAFFIC, 4.254 BILLION (ASM) CAPACITY, 57.0% LF, 3.970 MILLION PASSENGERS.

USA MARKET SHARE 1997 = 15TH; 0.40% (RPM), 24TH LF. 1997 = -$96.7 MILLION (-$41.5 MILLION). 4TH QUARTER = -$54.3 MILLION.

BOEING (TBC) CHANGES MD-95 DESIGNATION TO 717-200.

MARCH 1998: ATLANTA - KNOXVILLE.

APRIL 1998: ATLANTA - HARTFORD BRADLEY AIRPORT. ATLANTA - BUFFALO, GREENSBORO, RICHMOND.

AIRTRAN HOLDINGS 1ST QUARTER = -$7.9 MILLION (-$18.5 MILLION): +156% (RPM) TRAFFIC, +139% (ASM) CAPACITY; MAINTENANCE EXPENSES = 15.25 MILLION (20.19% OF TOTAL OPERATIONS EXPENSES).

(VAU) HAS 11 737'S, & 35 DC-9'S, & PLANS TO INCREASE FLEET TO 51 BY AUGUST 1998.

MAY 1998: 1 DC-9-30 (JT8D-9A), EX-EXPRESS ONE (EOI).

JUNE 1998: IN LAST YEAR HAS TRIPLED IN SIZE WITH MERGER OF VALUJET WITH AIRTRAN AIRWAYS FOR 46 AIRPLANES, INCLUDING AIRTRAN AIRWAYS' 11 737'S & 249 FLIGHTS.

(http://www.airtran.com).

BOB ZOLLER, SEJNIOR VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING.

(VAU) RECEIVES "ENTREPRENEUR" MAGAZINE'S AWARD FOR "1998 BEST DOMESTIC LOW-FARE AIRLINE."

717-200 ROLLOUT.

JULY 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.638 BILLION (RPM) TRAFFIC (+43.6%), +40.4% (ASM) CAPACITY, 62.4% LF (-.3), 1.16 MILLION PASSENGERS (+20.1%). AIRTRAN HOLDINGS 2ND QUARTER = +$8.6 MILLION (1ST +VE SINCE 1996 CRASH), (-$49.2 MILLION): +142% (RPM), +110% (ASM), 63.3% LF (+8.4). NOW HAS 41 AIRPLANES, WITH 254 DAILY DEPARTURES, ROUGHLY THE SAME AS (VAU) 2 YEARS AGO.

AUGUST 1998: RESUMES MIAMI (MIA) - ATLANTA.

SEPTEMBER 1998: (http://www.airtran.com) NOW ALLOWS DIRECT E-TICKETING BOOKING.

INCDT: DC-9-32 (45774) LEFT WING TIP STRUCK JETWAY.

1ST FLIGHT OF 717-200 (BR715), ENGINE CERTIFIED BY (FAA) &(JAA). DELIVERY IN MID 1999.

OCTOBER 1998: 3RD QUARTER = -$10.9 MILLION (-$14.6 MILLION), BLAMING (DOT) AND DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) ON PREDATORY PRICING, HIGHER MAINTENANCE COSTS ($9.38 MILLION (19.93% OF OPERATING EXPENSES), AND THREATENED STRIKE BY ITS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS (CA).

FLEET IS NOW 50 AIRPLANES, +91% (RPM) TRAFFIC, +65% (ASM) CAPACITY, 59.9% LF (+3.6).

2,489 EMPLOYEES.

JANUARY 1999: JOSEPH CORR, CEO, RESIGNED, AND WAS REPLACED BY JOSEPH LEONARD, EX-ALLIEDSIGNAL & EX-(NWA), (EAL), & (AAL). LEONARD IS ALSO
CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT.

1998 = +34% (RPM) TRAFFIC; +28% (ASM) CAPACITY; 59.6% LF (+2.6); +33.2% PASSENGERS.

INTRODUCES AIRTRAN VACATIONS, OPERATIONS BY ADVENTURE VACATIONS, HUNT VALLEY, MARYLAND TO FORT LAUDERDALE, ORLANDO; HILTON HEAD ISLAND, NEW ORLEANS; & WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA.

FEBRUARY 1999: 4TH QUARTER = -$30.5 MILLION, INCLUDING $27.5 MILLION TO WRITE OFF ITS 737 FLEET. IN 4TH QUARTER, PAID $10.8 MILLION FOR 4 HUSHKITS. 1998 = -$40.7 MILLION.

10 737'S OF WHICH 5 WILL LEAVE IN 3RD & 4TH QUARTER 1999, & REMAINING 5 IN 1ST QUARTER 2000. THE 40 DC-9'S WILL EVENTUALLY BE REPLACED BY 717'S, WITH 1ST 2 BY SEPTEMBER 1999. 717 WILL BE -20% CHEAPER TO OPERATE THAN DC-9-30, & -35% BETTER AT PEAK PERIODS.

MARCH 1999: ROBERT FORNARO, PRESIDENT.

APRIL 1999: 1ST QUARTER = +14.8% (RPM) TRAFFIC, +9% (ASM) CAPACITY, +60.7% LF, +20.1% PASSENGERS, +$3.1 MILLION (-$7.9 MILLION), -$2.9 MILLION JET FUEL COSTS.

2,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 200 FLIGHT CREW (FC)).

MAY 1999: 2,974 EMPLOYEES. KEVIN HEALY, VP PLANNING.

JULY 1999: AIRTRAN HOLDINGS 2ND QUARTER = +$15 MILLION (+$8.56 MILLION): +1.1% (RPM) TRAFFIC, -4.8% (ASM) CAPACITY, 67.3% LF (+4). 1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.75 BILLION (RPM) (+7%), +1.4% (ASM), 64.1% LF (+3.4), 3.26 MILLION PASSENGERS (+24.1%).

SEPTEMBER 1999: CAPTAIN BOB WITTENBERG, DIRECTOR 717 PROGRAM REPLACES THOMAS WESTBROOK, WHO LEFT (VAU). RUBEN DEL TORO, MANAGER RELIABILITY REPLACES JOHN PEARMAN, WHO LEFT (VAU). PETE KANDRAVI, MANAGER MAINTENANCE CONTROL.

2,974 EMPLOYEES.

1ST 717-2BD DELIVERY (5006-55005, N942AT "ESPRIT DE CORPS"), & 2ND (5007-55006, N943AT).

OCTOBER 1999: 2ND QUARTER MAINTENANCE COSTS $30.59 MILLION (46.18% DIRECT OPERATING COSTS (DOC). AIRTRAN HOLDINGS 3RD QUARTER PRE-TAX = +$4.5 MILLION (-$10.9 MILLION): +12.7% (RPM).

OCTOBER 1999: PLANS TO ACCELERATE RETIREMENT OF DC-9-30'S. 2 717-2BD'S (5008-55007, N944AT; 5009-55008, N945AT) DELIVERIES.

NOVEMBER 1999: 2,974 EMPLOYEES.

NON-STOPS TO AKRON/CANTON, AND DALLAS FORT WORTH (DFW).

BY END OF 1999, TO RETIRE 5 DC-9-30'S & 1 737-200 (CQT). 2 717-2BD'S (500-55004, N940AT) DELIVERIES.

DECEMBER 1999: AWARDED 82 FLORIDA GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FOR CITY-PAIR TRANSPORTATION OF BUSINESS TRAVELERS.

DAN HANCHER, SENIOR VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (ACTING).

JANUARY 2000: 1999 = 3.47 BILLION (RPM) TRAFFIC (+7.1%), +.5% (ASM) CAPACITY, 63.5% LF (+3.9), 6.46 MILLION PASSENGERS (+18.3%).

OPERATES 264 FLIGHTS/DAY TO 30 CITIES. IN MARCH, PHILADELPHIA - ORLANDO & TO FO0RT LAUDERDALE (DC-9-30). ALSO ATLANTA - MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA, 2/DAY.

(VAU) HOLDINGS 1999 = +$29.8 MILLION (-$13.2 MILLION): +$76.2 MILLION CASH. 4TH QUARTER = +$10.6 MILLION (-$3 MILLION): DUE TO "THE DEDICATION & HARD WORK OF THE EMPLOYEES."

9TH 717-200 DELIVERY. SELLS 14 DC-9-30'S TO JETLEASE AND LEASES BACK 7, STAGE 3 VERSIONS. PARTED OUT 6 DC-9-32'S (47202;, 47318; 47322; 47379; 47443; 47486), & 1 737-200 (19074).

FEBRUARY 2000: FOR FURTHER DATA ON AIRTRAN PLEASE REFER TO (CQT).

Fleet:
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August 2002:

2 737-200 (JT8D HK), OPS BY (CQT), 20158 PARTED OUT 2000-02.

29 DC-9-32 (45774).

9 +41/50 ORDERS 717-2BD (BR715), 100 PAX (506-55005, N942AT "ESPRIT DE CORPS;" 507-55006, N943AT; 508-55007, N944AT; 509-55008, N945AT; 510-55004, N950AT; 511-55009, N956AT).

Management:
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JOSEPH LEONARD, CHAIRMAN, & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (1999-01).

ROBERT FERNARO, PRESIDENT (1999-03) & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

DAN HANCHER, SENIOR VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (1999-12).

ANDREW MORGAN, VP ENGINEERING & QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA), EX-VP CONTRACTS (CQT) (1997-12).

DAVID GENTRY, VP HEAVY MAINTENANCE.

BOB TOTH, VP QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).

ED MURPHY, SENIOR DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE (1999-04).

BRUCE WEAVER, SENIOR DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (1999-04).

RICHARD NATION, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING (1999-01).

THOMAS WESTBROOK, DIRECTOR 717 DEVELOPMENT (1999-04), RESIGNED 199909.

CAPTAIN BOB WITTENBERG, DIRECTOR 717 PROGRAM (1999-09).

JERRY BEATENBAUGH, DIRECTOR LIAISON ENGINEERING (1999-01).

CARL MILLICAN, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE (1999-04).

JOHN ENDICOTT, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE PLANNING (1999-04).

DAVID GENTRY, DIRECTOR GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT (GSE) (1999-04).

JOEL ENGEL, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS (atdad717@aol.com).

JOHN PEARMAN, MANAGER RELIABILITY (CASP) (1999-01), RESIGNED (1999-09).

RUBEN DEL TORO, MANAGER RELIABILITY (1999-09).

PETE KANDRAVI, MANAGER MAINTENANCE CONTROL (1999-09).

LARRY LARIVEE, CHIEF INSPECTOR (1999-04).

RICH D'ARCY, RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE (LONG BEACH) (1999-03).

 
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