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.
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.