AirTran Airways to start non-stop flights between Orlando and Des Moines from March 6, 2010

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 8:58 by Jose Philip

AirTran Airways, the low-cost carrier based in Orlando, Florida, the United Stats, will start non-stop services between Des Moines (Iowa) and Orlando (Florida) from March 6, 2010.

The flights will operate on Saturdays and Sundays, using Boeing 717 aircraft equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi facility.

With the starting of the new service, Des Moines will become the 43rd city in the United States that AirTran Airways flies to from Orlando, the popular tourist destination in Central Florida.

In a statement, AirTran Airways said the new flights will be the only non-stop flights between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Orlando International Airport.

AirTran Airways Flight 1297 will depart from Orlando International Airport at 8.50 a.m. and arrive at Des Moines International Airport at 10.50 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. In the return direction, Flight 1296 will take off from Des Moines at 11.25 a.m. and land in Orlando at 3.05 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

AirTran Airways flights can be booked through its website www.airtran.com

The regional carrier SkyWest Airlines, a partner of AirTran Airways, has already announced that it will introduce flights between Des Moines and Milwaukee (Wisconsin) from early 2010.

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings Incorporated, said it will launch flights to a number of cities in the United States in January 2010.

Kevin Healy, senior vice-president (marketing and planning) of AirTran Airways, said in the statement that AirTran Airways is “very excited” to start flights from Des Moines to Orlando, which is the carrier’s hometown as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

Craig Smith, aviation director of Des Moines International Airport, was quoted by the media as saying that the planned service between Orlando and Des Moines is expected to be “just the beginning of a growing partnership” since AirTran Airways flies to several key destinations that are important to travellers from central Iowa.

The statement from AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company, said the carrier has been ranked the number one low-cost airline in the Airline Quality Rating study for the last 2 years.

AirTran Airways says it is the only major airline that has in-flight internet access on all its flights.

AirTran Airways and SkyWest Airlines had recently entered into a ‘marketing partnership’ to operate 5 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, each with 50 seats, between General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and 6 destinations.

SkyWest Airlines, under the new partnership, it is expected to launch new non-stop flights from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee to Des Moines (Iowa); Omaha (Nebraska); Akron/Canton (Ohio); as well as add frequency of services from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh (Pasadena); St Louis (Missouri); and Indianapolis (Indiana).

SkyWest Airlines is scheduled to commence its first flights carrying the AirTran Airways’ code from Milwaukee to St Louis and Pittsburgh from December 4, 2009.