- Airline Honors IndyCar Series Star for First Race Win by Proclaiming 'AirTranica Day' - Video Footage Available - Coordinates Listed BelowORLANDO, Fla., April 20, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- AirTran Airways, a
subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI) and official airline sponsor
of Andretti Green Racing (AGR), tips its wings today in congratulations of
IndyCar Series racing sensation Danica Patrick. Patrick established herself
as a force to be reckoned with as she became the first female in the IndyCar
Series to claim a checkered flag during Sunday's Bridgestone Indy Japan 300
race in Montegi, Japan. As a sponsor of AGR since May 2005, AirTran Airways
proudly sponsors the international racing celebrity with logos emblazoned on
both Patrick's No. 7 car and uniform.
"AirTran Airways would like to extend our congratulations to Danica
Patrick on the occasion of her first IndyCar Series win by announcing that
Monday, April 21, 2008, will be known as 'AirTranica' Day," said Bob Fornaro,
AirTran Airways' president and chief executive officer. "As a proud sponsor
of Danica Patrick and the Andretti Green Racing team, we couldn't be more
excited about Danica's triumph."
In honor of the IndyCar Series dynamo, AirTran Airways unveiled a
commemorative aircraft livery and photo of Danica Patrick on aircraft 730
(registration N971AT), a Boeing 717-200 aircraft. Dubbed "AirTranica Won" by
AirTran dispatchers and flight controllers, the aircraft is slated to operate
on Monday, April 21, as AirTran flight 994 from Orlando to Pittsburgh. It
will then operate as AirTran flight 993 from Pittsburgh to Atlanta. Patrick is
the first female to be featured on an AirTran Airways plane.
"AirTranica Won" flight between Orlando and Pittsburgh
From To Flight Departs Arrives
Orlando Pittsburgh 994 10:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m.
"AirTranica Won" flight between Pittsburgh and Atlanta
From To Flight Departs Arrives
Pittsburgh Atlanta 993 1:18 p.m. 3:03 p.m.
"It's a long time coming, finally," Patrick said, following her win. "I
was managing to save fuel and keep the speed up and when I saw Helio I knew he
was the one to beat."
Patrick finished 5.8 seconds ahead of Helio Castroneves on the 1.5 mile
twin oval track. Patrick's first win came in her 50th professional start.
"Danica Patrick knows the need for speed, and we do a bit of driving of
our own - our airline's commitment to driving down fares allows our customers
to take advantage of the service we offer to cities hosting the league's most
exciting races," said Fornaro.
AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company ranked number one in the 2008
Airline Quality Rating study, offers more than 700 affordable, daily flights
to 58 U.S. destinations. With 8,900 friendly Crew Members and America's
youngest all-Boeing fleet, AirTran Airways provides XM Satellite Radio and
Business Class seating on every flight. For more information and free online
booking, visit http://www.airtran.com.
Satellite feed available for Video B-Roll and Soundbites:
Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 7:30--7:45pm ET
Monday, April 21 at 4--4:15am ET
Coordinates for all feeds are:
Galaxy 26 (C-band)
Transponder 7 (analog)
Downlink Frequency 3840 V
Media Contacts: AirTran Airways
SOURCE AirTran Airways