AirTran?

Jan 9th, 2010, 03:10 PM
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AirTran?

Greetings,

I am attending the wedding of a dear friend's son who is getting married in Richmond VA this August. I am flying from Orange County (I would be willing to drive to LAX) I searched on Kayak and AirTran flies from LAX via Atlanta into Richmond.

I have never flown on AirTran - anyone have any information on them? Like will they still be in business in August mainly... .

Thanks in advance,
Dawn
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Jan 9th, 2010, 03:50 PM
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Hi Dawn:

AirTran is completely reputable. I've only taken them once, and I had no problems. They have XM Radio inflight, which is a nice plus.

You might also consider JetBlue, which flies to Richmond from Long Beach, LAX & Burbank.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 04:39 PM
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If there is a JetBlue to Richmond from LAX, I highly recommend it!!! My family & I had our first experience with JetBlue on a short flight from NYC to Boston.....and we were very impressed.

The plane was clean, with leather seats, the FA were personable and the pilot and co-pilot were prompt in informing us all the details of our flight. We were served drinks (soda, juice, coffee) and small packet of either chocolate chip cookies or cashew nuts. All these on a very short <1hr flight.

Oh, BTW, each seat has its own AVOD, and tied to DISH cable (?), so I could even watch HGTV!!!
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Jan 9th, 2010, 04:49 PM
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Apologies... I meant to say that each seat has its own IFE, not an AVOD.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 05:55 PM
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I love Love Love JetBlue so will check - it did not show up on Kayak - but will double check. Thank you!
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Jan 9th, 2010, 05:55 PM
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Aren't they the old Value Jet from years ago?
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Jan 9th, 2010, 05:57 PM
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I just checked JetBlue flies through JFK and takes over 24 hours - so that is not going to work unless I am doing something wrong.

I am glad to hear AirTran is good.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 06:48 PM
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I don't think it takes over 24 hrs to Richmond. If flight leaves LAX at 11pm, that's 2am Eastern time, and you arrive Richmond ~9:30am, so basically its about 7.5 hrs trip.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 06:52 PM
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Sorry I just saw it was an over night and a long lay over in NYC - It is a 12 hour flight time from Long Beach when I went back to look. I have no desire to fly all night - get in on Sat when the wedding is that day.
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Jan 10th, 2010, 03:29 AM
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Air Tran has been fine for us - my only complaint is that the seats seemed even more squished together than other airlines, but it could have been that I was just tired and cranky.

Nawwww, could it be?!? *smile*
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Jan 10th, 2010, 04:09 AM
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AirTran is very popular up and down the East coast, with many non-stops from points in the NE to Florida, plus Atlanta as a big hub. No frills but clean, relatively new planes (mostly Boeing 717 & 737s). We use them without 2nd thoughts when the route/fare is right.
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Jan 10th, 2010, 02:18 PM
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great feedback - thank you.
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Jan 11th, 2010, 05:11 AM
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I LOVE AirTran. Their planes are often newer and roomier than Delta's (the two big options from my market). They do not show up on kayak.com's searches.
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Jan 11th, 2010, 05:13 AM
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Wait, am I wrong about the kayak? In the past they didn't show up as an option but it sounds like they did on Dawn's search. If so, that's a good thing!
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Jan 11th, 2010, 05:21 AM
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I had to double check again, to be sure it was on Kayak - but it is there No Southwest right on Kayak? It had Jetblue and Airtran though.

This morning Continental is showing up the least expensive. I have to wait to book to see about school scheduling...
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Jan 11th, 2010, 04:44 PM
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Glad to see you looked into Continental, I was going to suggest it.
Saw they had a Friday flight LAX-RIC 0700-1757 hours with about an hour layover in Newark, return Monday 1430-1858 hs via Cleveland $453.80.
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Jan 12th, 2010, 08:09 AM
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Southwest must be searched and bought on www.southwest.com only.
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Jan 12th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Yes Deb -

I do not want to pay 450.00 a ticket - I have to wait and see my school schedule and will only have it in May or so for that term.
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