I’m Clairvoyant: AirTran Responds


Heh. Trebor Banstetter from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram sent me a note this morning saying, “You called it.”

He then explained that perhaps I needed to send a consulting bill to AirTran’s Joe Leonard.

In case you guys missed the AirTran response to Midwest’s innovative news yesterday, here is a short clip:

“AirTran to Midwest: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

AirTran Airways, Inc., a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced that the company is flattered by Midwest Air Group’s (Amex: MEH) latest move to put multiple seating classes on all of its aircraft by the end of 2008.  The proposed seating configuration for Midwest Airlines is the very same approach that AirTran Airways has employed for ten years.

“At AirTran Airways, we’ve always believed in offering our customers choice,” said Joe Leonard, AirTran’s chairman and chief executive officer.  “Midwest’s announcement today is an endorsement of AirTran Airways’ business model, but without the efficiencies, cost structure or market strength of a larger, more dynamic route network.”

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