Southwest to Retire AirTran By End of Year

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Southwest is still in the midst of a merger with AirTran that was announced back in 2010. Currently, they are still operating two separate airlines, Southwest and AirTran respectively.


Well, that will change by the end of this year according to Southwest CEO Gary Kelly.

He states that, “the AirTran brand will be retired by the end of the year.”

You might wonder where all these new AirTran planes will be flying? Well, starting in October, Southwest Plans to Fly New Routes From Dallas Love Field Post Wright Amendment, and you can bet that some of these planes will be headed to Dallas.

Southwest Dallas Wright Amendment

AirTran operates a mixed fleet of 717’s and 737’s. Since Southwest is an all 737 fleet, they are selling off the 717’s to Delta and will be transitioning the 737’s from AirTran to Southwest.

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  1. Fine with me, I’ll have my Chase AirTran A+ credits all locked up before then for both me and the wife, and will have them transferred to Southwest. I guess the bad news is that once AirTran vanishes, the ability to move the credits back and forth, both to move them between accounts and to keep them alive beyond a year, will vanish. So we’ll just have to make sure to use them up while they last.

    Thanks for the warning though.

  2. Fine by me – I never did really care for the A+ credits vs. a points-based reward system. It’s worked out well for me now that Southwest has taken over the former AirTran flights in/out of DAY

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