When Southwest Airlines bought AirTran Airways, the smaller carrier brought with it a fleet of 88 airplanes, the Boeing 717, that was unlike the Boeing 737s that Southwest flies.

Southwest with few exceptions has flown only variations of the Boeing 737, so eyebrows were raised when officials said they planned to keep AirTran’s 717s.

“It’s very cost effective, and in line with our own 737-500 aircraft, so we are very comfortable that we can make that work,” Southwest chairman and … [visit site to read more]

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