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AirTran Airways sees profits at current fuel prices


AirTran Airways, which reported its first full-year loss since 1999 in 2008 (of USD273.9 million), stated it expects to be profitable in each quarter of 2009, based on current fuel prices, with the LCC expecting softening consumer demand to be offset by capacity cuts and strong ancillary revenue growth. [1199 words]

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  • Record load factor, traffic and passenger numbers in Jan-09
  • Targeting a 4% capacity reduction in 2009; no growth planned until 2011
  • ...but still hiring despite capacity reductions
  • To further diversify operations in 2009
  • Milwaukee key priority in 2009; to expand operations by more than 40%

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  • AirTran passenger numbers growth (% change year-on-year) and passenger load factors (%): Jan-08 to Dec-08
  • AirTran Airways capacity (ASK) growth: Jan-04 to Dec-08
  • AirTran Airways fleet plans: 2009 to 2016: as at Feb-09
  • AirTran Milwaukee operations: current and upcoming service
  • Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport capacity breakdown by carrier (seats per week as % of total)
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