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AirTran's last flight to be in December, then it blends into Southwest
AirTran's last flight to be in December, then it blends into Southwest

AirTran Airways is set to fly into the history books Dec. 28 when it makes a final flight from Atlanta to Tampa, Fla. AirTran Flight 1 will retrace a route that's a nod to the airline's first flight in October 1993. The carrier, now owned by Southwest Airlines, started life as budget carrier ValuJet Airlines, primarily serving the East Coast. A 1996 crash of one of its jets in the Everglades killed all 110 people on board and grounded the airline for several months. Shortly thereafter, the company merged with AirTran and changed its name. Southwest bought AirTran in 2011 for $1.4 billion. The move gave Southwest 15.7% of the domestic market, according to data from February 2013...

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