AirTran Posts a Profit

Very quietly, AirTran has built an extremely successful business, right under the nose of Delta.  The company announced a small profit yesterday, a near miracle considering the billions lost by network carriers.  Their success seems to be based on a mixture of business and leisure destinations, and option of upgrading to an inexpensive business class, while still keeping costs down and keeping expansion at a reasonable level.  Their story has not been parsed to the degree Southwest’s has (obviously), but people will start looking to AirTran has a model to copy in the future.

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