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AirTran Airways Flight Dispatchers Agree To Four-Year Contract

By Daniel Baxter

February 10, 2010 - AirTran Airways and the Transportation Workers Union (TWU) announced today the successful membership ratification, by an overwhelming margin, of a new 48-month collective bargaining agreement. 

"Our dispatchers, who are at the focal point of our System Operations Control Center, and who make real time decisions with respect to the operations of over 750 flights each day, are excellent examples of the 8,500 professionals that make up the AirTran family," said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways chairman, president and chief executive officer.  

"For more than a decade AirTran and the TWU have worked together to produce competitive compensation, benefits, and working conditions that our dispatchers deserve. Our new agreement is another example of that cooperation."


The agreement covers AirTran Airways flight dispatchers that work at the Company's System Operations Control Center in Orlando.  "Dispatchers play a critical role in keeping planes safe in the air and profitable in their operation. We think this is a good agreement that was reached and will help our members while allowing AirTran to maintain a competitive position in the industry."   

AirTran Airways is an American low-cost airline. A subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, AirTran operates over 750 daily flights, primarily in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. AirTran's principal hub is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it operates over 270 daily departures. AirTran also has a hub at General Mitchell International Airport. AirTran Holdings is headquartered at Orlando International Airport, where AirTran also maintains a secondary hub. AirTran is the world's largest Boeing 717-200 operator.

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