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AirTran will postpone Boeing deliveries

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 2, 2008 at 6:08 am |
June 2, 2008 6:08 am

Orlando’s AirTran Airways, pressured by high fuel costs, says it will delay delivery of 18 Boeing 737-700 jetliners, to save cash.


The airline will delay those deliveries of the Renton-built planes by up to five years.



The AirTran delay is similar to one announced last week by New York’s JetBlue Airways. JetBlue said it will defer delivery of 21 Airbus jetliners by four to five years.


AirTran had been scheduled to receive the planes beginning next year and continuing through 2011. The new delivery dates will be in 2013 and 2014.


The deferrals won’t mean a total halt to AirTran’s growth.

The airline will receive 23 737s between 2009 and 2011.


AirTran flies from SeaTac to its hub in Atlanta and to Milwaukee and Baltimore.

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