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AirTran Holdings, Inc., Reports Increase in Third Quarter Profit
Strong Revenue Growth Drives Highest Third Quarter Operating Margin Since 2003
Best Third Quarter Operational Performance in Company History

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct 22, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AirTran Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: AAI), the parent company of AirTran Airways, Inc., today reported a net profit of $36.3 million or $0.22 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2010. During the quarter, the Company reported operating income of $56.7 million.

Included in these third quarter results is a non-operating gain on derivative financial instruments of $15.3 million. This non-operating gain on derivative financial instruments was largely attributable to unrealized increases in the fair value of our future fuel-related derivative assets. During the same period in 2009, AirTran Airways reported net income of $10.4 million, and diluted earnings per common share of $0.08. Included in our third quarter 2009 results is a non-operating loss on derivative financial instruments of $10.3 million. The Company ended the third quarter with $424.5 million in unrestricted cash and the Company's revolving line of credit remains undrawn.

During this period, the Company also achieved an all-time record for traffic (revenue passenger miles), and second highest load factor in Company history. AirTran Airways also established record setting operational metrics during the quarter, including the highest ever performance in on-time arrivals at 83.4 percent. In July alone, AirTran Airways served more than 2.4 million customers and achieved a load factor in excess of 88 percent. The Company continued to rank among the top of the industry in completion factor, mishandled baggage rate and the number of customer complaints the Department of Transportation receives.

"Each of our more than 8,500 AirTran Airways Crew Members played an important role in the summer operation of our airline. The continued improvement in our operational and solid financial performance is a testament to the can-do spirit and determination of our Crew Members," said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways' chairman, president and chief executive officer. "To post these outstanding operational metrics during such a peak travel period is a clear indication of our ability to provide an extremely high-quality product."

Acquisition by Southwest Airlines

During the third quarter, AirTran Holdings, Inc., entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV). Completion of the transaction, which will require both regulatory and shareholder approvals, is expected to close by the first half of 2011. Commercial and operational integration is slated to culminate in 2012, with both carriers operating under Southwest Airlines' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operating certificate in Dallas.

Until successful completion of this transaction, AirTran Holdings, Inc., will continue to operate as a separate, independent company.

AirTran Airways Highlights:

Other highlights of AirTran Airways' accomplishments in the third quarter and year to date include:

Reached a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) representing 1,700 AirTran Airways pilots. If ratified, the agreement would take effect December 1, 2010.

Completed a seven-year master lease agreement for facilities at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Repurchased $90.4 million in convertible notes strengthening the financial position of the Company.

Signed a new financing arrangement with Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB) to provide permanent financing to the airline for Boeing 737-700 deliveries in 2011.

Announced the creation of a pilot base in Orlando. This base opened in October 2010, and will initially employ 100 Boeing 717 and 737 pilots to support continued growth in Central Florida.

Received the FAA's prestigious Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Award of Excellence for the 14th consecutive year.

Continued Caribbean expansion by announcing plans to serve Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from Atlanta beginning in February 2011.

Extended Caribbean reach from Baltimore/Washington by adding new flights to San Juan in addition to existing flights to Nassau/Paradise Island, Bahamas, and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Announced new service from Tampa to San Juan and Key West.

Announced partnership with the world's largest hotel group, InterContinental Hotels Group /quotes/comstock/13*!ihg/quotes/nls/ihg (IHG 19.22, +0.60, +3.22%) , for an affinity program with the A+ Rewards frequent flier program. Members now earn flight credits for stays at more than 4,500 hotels worldwide, including: InterContinental(R), Crowne Plaza(R), Hotel Indigo(R), Holiday Inn(R), Holiday Express(R), Holiday Inn(R) Club Vacations, Staybridge(R) Suites and Candlewood(R) Suites. IHG Priority Club Rewards members now also earn points for flights on AirTran.

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company and has been ranked the number one low-cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past three years. AirTran is the only major airline with Gogo Inflight Internet on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Our low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class, and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit http://www.airtran.com.

Editor's note: Statements regarding the Company's operational and financial success, business model, expectation about future success, improved operational performance and our ability to maintain or improve our low costs are forward-looking statements and are not historical facts. Instead, they are estimates or projections involving numerous risks or uncertainties, including but not limited to, consumer demand and acceptance of services offered by the Company, the Company's ability to maintain current cost levels, fare levels and actions by competitors, regulatory matters and general economic conditions. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. The Company disclaims any obligation or duty to update or correct any of its forward-looking statements.

Important Information for Investors and Shareholders

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval and relates to a proposed merger of AirTran Holdings, Inc. ("AirTran") with Southwest Airlines, Inc. ("Southwest"). The merger agreement will be submitted to the Shareholders of AirTran for their consideration and to solicit their approval of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby. Southwest will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") a registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a proxy statement of AirTran that also constitutes a prospectus of Southwest. AirTran and Southwest also plan to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF AIRTRAN ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

Investors and Shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents containing important information about AirTran and Southwest, once such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by AirTran will be available free of charge on AirTran's website at http://www.airtran.com under the tab "About AirTran" then under the tab "Investor Relations" or by contacting AirTran's Investor Relations Department at (407) 318-5188. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Southwest will be available free of charge on Southwest's website at http://www.southwest.com under the tab "Investor Relations" or by contacting Southwest's Investor Relations Department at (214) 792-4415.

AirTran, Southwest and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Shareholders of AirTran in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of AirTran is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 2, 2010. Information about the directors and executive officers of Southwest is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 16, 2010. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are not limited to historical facts, but reflect AirTran's and Southwest's current beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding future events. Words such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "expect," "plan," "project," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "pursue," "target," "continue," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, AirTran's and Southwest's expectations with respect to the synergies, costs and other anticipated financial impacts of the proposed transaction; future financial and operating results of the combined company; the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations and services; approval of the proposed transaction by Shareholders and by governmental regulatory authorities; the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the proposed transaction; and the timing of the completion of the proposed transaction.

All forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, many of which are generally outside the control of AirTran and Southwest and are difficult to predict. Examples of such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, (1) the possibility that the proposed transaction is delayed or does not close, including the failure to receive AirTran's required stockholder approval or required regulatory approvals, the taking of governmental action (including the passage of legislation) to block the transaction, or the failure of other closing conditions, and (2) the possibility that the expected synergies will not be realized, or will not be realized within the expected time period, because of, among other things, significant volatility in the cost of aircraft fuel, the significant capital commitments of AirTran and Southwest, the impact of labor relations, global economic conditions, fluctuations in exchange rates, competitive actions taken by other airlines, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, difficulties in integrating the two airlines, the willingness of customers to travel by air, actions taken or conditions imposed by the U.S. and foreign governments or other regulatory matters, excessive taxation, further industry consolidation and changes in airlines alliances, the availability and cost of insurance and public health threats.

AirTran and Southwest caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in AirTran's and Southwest's most recently filed Annual Reports on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other SEC filings. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning AirTran, Southwest, the proposed transaction or other matters and attributable to AirTran or Southwest or any person acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above.

Neither AirTran nor Southwest undertakes any obligation to publicly update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof.

* Attached: Consolidated Statements of Operations*

                         AirTran Holdings, Inc.
                   Consolidated Statements of Income
     (In thousands, except per share data and statistical summary)
                              (Unaudited)
                              Three months ended                   Percent
                                 September 30,
                            2010                    2009           Change
                            ----                    ----           ------


    Operating Revenues:
        Passenger            $602,712          $529,435            13.8
        Other                  65,222            67,967            (4.0)
                               ------            ------
           Total operating
            revenues          667,934           597,402            11.8
    Operating Expenses:
        Aircraft fuel         211,115           190,235            11.0
        Salaries,
         wages and
         benefits             130,913           122,895             6.5
        Aircraft rent          60,576            60,632            (0.1)
        Maintenance,
         materials and
         repairs               59,075            49,973            18.2
        Distribution           27,929            25,306            10.4
        Landing fees
         and other
         rents                 36,651            37,573            (2.5)
        Aircraft
         insurance and
         security
         services               6,001             5,440            10.3
        Marketing and
         advertising            7,870             9,349           (15.8)
        Depreciation
         and
         amortization          15,338            13,899            10.4
        (Gain) on
         asset
         dispositions               -            (6,379)              -
        Other
         operating             55,795            51,446             8.5
                               ------            ------
           Total
            operating
            expenses          611,263           560,369             9.1
                              -------           -------
    Operating Income           56,671            37,033            53.0
    Other (Income)
     Expense:
        Interest
         income                  (522)           (3,835)          (86.4)
        Interest
         expense               17,625            20,089           (12.3)
        Capitalized
         interest                (390)             (179)              -
        Net (gains)
         losses on
         derivative
         financial
         instruments          (15,264)           10,281               -
        Loss on
         extinguishment
         of debt                    -                18               -
                                  ---               ---
           Other (income)
            expense, net        1,449            26,374           (94.5)
                                -----            ------
    Income Before
     Income Taxes              55,222            10,659               -
        Income tax
         expense               18,959               233               -
                               ------               ---
    Net Income                $36,263           $10,426               -
                              =======           =======
    Earnings per
     Common Share
        Basic                   $0.27             $0.09               -
        Diluted                 $0.22             $0.08               -
    Weighted-average
     Shares
     Outstanding
        Basic                 135,444           120,482            12.4
        Diluted               173,443           140,625            23.3
    Operating margin              8.5  percent      6.2  percent    2.3  pts.
    Net margin                    5.4  percent      1.7  percent    3.7  pts.
    Net margin,
     adjusted *                   2.7  percent      1.8  percent    0.9  pts.



                             Three Months Ended               Percent
                                September 30,
                             2010          2009               Change
                             ----          ----               ------


    Third Quarter
     Statistical
     Summary:
        Revenue
         passengers       6,538,710         6,533,184            0.1
        Revenue passenger
         miles (000s)     5,271,272         5,172,347            1.9
        Available seat
         miles (000s)     6,271,500         6,170,977            1.6
        Passenger load
         factor                84.1 percent      83.8 percent    0.3  pts.
        Departures           64,963            65,559           (0.9)
        Average aircraft
         stage length
         (miles)                767               749            2.4
        Average fare
         (excluding
         transportation
         taxes)              $92.18            $81.04           13.7
        Average yield per
         RPM                  11.43 cents       10.24 cents     11.6
        Passenger revenue
         per ASM               9.61 cents        8.58 cents     12.0
        Total revenue per
         ASM                  10.65 cents        9.68 cents     10.0
        Operating cost
         per ASM               9.75 cents        9.08 cents      7.4
        Operating cost
         per ASM,
         adjusted*             9.75 cents        9.18 cents      6.2
        Non-fuel
         operating cost
         per ASM               6.38 cents        6.00 cents      6.3
        Non-fuel
         operating cost
         per ASM,
         adjusted*             6.38 cents        6.10 cents      4.6
        Average cost of
         aircraft fuel
         per gallon           $2.16             $1.98            9.1
        Average economic
         cost of aircraft
         fuel per gallon      $2.23             $2.02           10.4
        Gallons of fuel
         burned (000s)       97,517            96,098            1.5
        Operating
         aircraft in
         fleet at end of
         period                 138               136            1.5
        Average daily
         aircraft
         utilization
         (hours)               11.2              11.4           (1.8)
        Full-time
         equivalent
         employees at end
         of period            7,742             7,717            0.3


    * Statistical calculations for 2010 and 2009, on an adjusted basis,
    exclude gains and losses as detailed in the attached Reconciliation
    of GAAP Financial Information to Non-GAAP Financial Information.



                         AirTran Holdings, Inc.
                   Consolidated Statements of Income
     (In thousands, except per share data and statistical summary)
                              (Unaudited)
                                 Nine months ended               Percent
                                    September 30,
                             2010                2009            Change
                             ----                ----            ------


    Operating Revenues:
        Passenger       $1,778,477           $1,552,507            14.6
        Other              195,155              190,503             2.4
                           -------              -------
           Total
            operating
            revenues     1,973,632            1,743,010            13.2
    Operating
     Expenses:
        Aircraft
         fuel              640,164              483,008            32.5
        Salaries,
         wages and
         benefits          392,324              363,627             7.9
        Aircraft
         rent              181,722              181,621             0.1
         Maintenance,
         materials
         and
         repairs           176,158              145,884            20.8
        Distribution        82,341               70,540            16.7
        Landing
         fees and
         other
         rents             115,607              108,722             6.3
        Aircraft
         insurance
         and
         security
         services           17,651               15,756            12.0
        Marketing
         and
         advertising        26,333               30,947           (14.9)
         Depreciation
         and
         amortization       45,059               42,120             7.0
        (Gain) on
         asset
         dispositions            -               (3,073)              -
        Other
         operating         168,328              152,952            10.1
                           -------              -------
           Total
            operating
            expenses     1,845,687            1,592,104            15.9
                         ---------            ---------
    Operating
     Income                127,945              150,906          (15.2)
    Other
     (Income)
     Expense:
        Interest
         income             (1,662)              (5,212)         (68.1)
        Interest
         expense            63,597               61,068             4.1
         Capitalized
         interest           (1,423)              (1,244)           14.4
        Net
         (gains)
         losses on
         derivative
         financial
         instruments        11,856              (17,944)              -
        Gain on
         extinguishment
         of debt                 -               (4,278)              -
                               ---               ------
           Other
            (income)
            expense,
            net             72,368               32,390               -
                            ------               ------
    Income
     Before
     Income
     Taxes                  55,577              118,516          (53.1)
        Income tax
         expense            18,959                  945               -
                            ------                  ---
    Net Income             $36,618             $117,571          (68.9)
                           =======             ========
    Earnings
     per Common
     Share
        Basic                $0.27                $0.98          (72.4)
        Diluted              $0.24                $0.86          (72.1)
    Weighted-
     average
     Shares
     Outstanding
        Basic              135,265              120,158            12.6
        Diluted            172,678              139,617            23.7
    Operating
     margin                    6.5  percent         8.7  percent   (2.2) pts.
    Net margin                 1.9  percent         6.7  percent   (4.8) pts.
    Net margin,
     adjusted                  2.0  percent         4.8  percent   (2.8) pts.



                                  Nine Months Ended            Percent
                                    September 30,
                                2010          2009             Change
                                ----          ----             ------


    Nine Month
     Statistical
     Summary:
        Revenue passengers  18,600,092         18,086,257          2.8
        Revenue passenger
         miles (000s)       14,863,412         14,076,956          5.6
        Available seat
         miles (000s)       18,214,595         17,498,261          4.1
        Passenger load
         factor                   81.6 percent       80.4 percent  1.2 pts.
        Departures             190,115            188,576          0.8
        Average aircraft
         stage length
         (miles)                   763                740          3.1
        Average fare
         (excluding
         transportation
         taxes)                 $95.62             $85.84         11.4
        Average yield per
         RPM                     11.97 cents        11.03 cents    8.5
        Passenger revenue
         per ASM                  9.76 cents         8.87 cents   10.0
        Total revenue per
         ASM                     10.84 cents         9.96 cents    8.8
        Operating cost per
         ASM                     10.13 cents         9.10 cents   11.3
        Operating cost per
         ASM, adjusted*          10.13 cents         9.12 cents   11.1
        Non-fuel operating
         cost per ASM             6.62 cents         6.34 cents    4.4
        Non-fuel operating
         cost per ASM,
         adjusted*                6.62 cents         6.36 cents    4.1
        Average cost of
         aircraft fuel per
         gallon                  $2.26              $1.77         27.7
        Average economic
         cost of aircraft
         fuel per gallon         $2.28              $1.81         26.0
        Gallons of fuel
         burned (000s)         282,680            272,264          3.8
        Operating aircraft
         in fleet at end of
         period                    138                136          1.5
        Average daily
         aircraft
         utilization
         (hours)                  11.2               11.0          1.8
        Full-time
         equivalent
         employees at end
         of period               7,742              7,717          0.3


    * Statistical calculations for 2010 and 2009, on an adjusted basis,
    exclude gains and losses as detailed in the attached Reconciliation
    of GAAP Financial Information to Non-GAAP Financial Information.


          Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Information to Non-GAAP Financial
                                      Information
                Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 and 2009


We prepare our financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Within our press release, we make reference to certain non-GAAP financial measures including net income, as adjusted and net margin, as adjusted. Our disclosures may also exclude special or non-recurring items that we believe should be taken into consideration to more accurately measure and monitor our operating performance. Our disclosure of non-fuel operating cost per available seat mile (non-fuel CASM) is consistent with financial measures reported by other airlines and analysts. We believe that non-fuel CASM and non-fuel CASM, adjusted, provide a useful understanding of our operations. Both the cost and availability of fuel are subject to many economic and political factors and are therefore beyond our control. Our press release also contains information regarding the components of GAAP fuel expense and net gains and losses on derivative financial instruments. These amounts have been included as supplemental information.

We disclose both the average cost of aircraft fuel per gallon and the average economic cost of aircraft fuel per gallon. Substantially all of our fuel related derivatives are not accounted for as hedges. Average cost of aircraft fuel per gallon is based on fuel expense as measured by GAAP, which includes realized gains and losses on fuel related derivative instruments, that are accounted for as hedges. Average economic cost of fuel per gallon includes realized gains and losses on all fuel related derivative instruments, including those which were not accounted for as hedges. Neither the average cost of aircraft fuel nor the average economic cost of aircraft fuel include unrealized gains and losses.

We consider our fuel derivative contracts an important tool in managing costs related to jet fuel purchases. We believe it is important to assess our financial performances by including the effect of the net cash settlements and excluding the mark-to-market adjustments for our unrealized gains and losses recorded in the income statement for contracts settling in future periods.

We believe that these above measures represent important internal measures of performance. Accordingly, where these non-GAAP measures are provided, it is done so that investors have the same financial data that management uses in evaluating performance with the belief that it will assist the investment community in assessing our underlying performance on a year-over-year and a quarter-over-quarter basis. However, because these measures are not determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, such measures are susceptible to varying calculations and not all companies calculate the measures in the same manner. As a result, the aforementioned measures as presented may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. The non-GAAP measures are presented as supplemental information and not as alternatives to any GAAP measurements.

    Dollars in thousands,
     unless otherwise noted    Three months ended     Nine months ended
                                  September 30,          September 30,
                               2010          2009       2010          2009
                               ----          ----       ----          ----


    The following table
     Calculates net income,
     adjusted and net
     margin, adjusted:
       Net income               $36,263     $10,426      $36,618    $117,571
          Gain on asset
           dispositions,
           net of taxes               -      (6,379)           -      (3,073)
          (Gain) loss on
           Extinguishment of
           debt, net of taxes         -         251            -      (3,333)
          Unrealized (gains)
           Losses on derivative
           Financial instruments,
           net of taxes         (17,903)      6,260        3,811     (27,663)
          Net income,
           adjusted             $18,360     $10,558      $40,429     $83,502
                                =======     =======      =======     =======
          Total operating
           revenues            $667,934    $597,402   $1,973,632  $1,743,010
                               --------    --------   ----------  ----------
             Net margin,
              adjusted              2.7%        1.8%         2.0%        4.8%
                                    ===         ===          ===         ===
     The following table
      calculates operating
      expenses, adjusted and
      operating cost per ASM,
      adjusted:
       Total operating
        expenses               $611,263    $560,369   $1,845,687  $1,592,104
          Gain on asset
           dispositions               -       6,379            -       3,073
                                    ---       -----          ---       -----
             Operating
              expenses,
              adjusted         $611,263    $566,748   $1,845,687  $1,595,177
                               ========    ========   ==========  ==========
          ASMs (000s)         6,271,500   6,170,977   18,214,595  17,498,261
                              ---------   ---------   ----------  ----------
             Operating cost
              per ASM (cents),
              adjusted             9.75        9.18      10.13        9.12
                                   ====        ====      =====        ====
    The following table
     calculates non-fuel
     operating cost per ASM
     and non-fuel operating
     cost per ASM, adjusted:
       Total operating
        expenses               $611,263    $560,369   $1,845,687  $1,592,104
          Aircraft fuel        (211,115)   (190,235)    (640,164)   (483,008)
                               --------    --------     --------    --------
             Non-fuel
              operating costs  $400,148    $370,134   $1,205,523  $1,109,096
                               ========    ========   ==========  ==========
          ASMs (000s)         6,271,500   6,170,977   18,214,595  17,498,261
                              ---------   ---------   ----------  ----------
             Non-fuel
              operating cost
              per ASM (cents)      6.38        6.00         6.62        6.34
                                   ====        ====         ====        ====
       Total operating
        expenses               $611,263    $560,369   $1,845,687  $1,592,104
          Aircraft fuel        (211,115)   (190,235)    (640,164)   (483,008)
          Gain on asset
           dispositions               -       6,379            -       3,073
                                    ---       -----          ---       -----
             Non-fuel
              operating costs,
              adjusted         $400,148    $376,513   $1,205,523  $1,112,169
                               ========    ========   ==========  ==========
          ASMs (000s)         6,271,500   6,170,977   18,214,595  17,498,261
                              ---------   ---------   ----------  ----------
             Non-fuel
              operating cost
              per ASM (cents),
              adjusted             6.38        6.10         6.62        6.36
                                   ====        ====         ====        ====
    The following table
     Provides detail of
     certain components of
     aircraft fuel expense
     and calculates average
     economic cost of aircraft
     fuel per gallon:
       Aircraft fuel
        expense per GAAP*      $211,115    $190,235     $640,164    $483,008
          Realized losses
           on derivatives
           that do not
           qualify for hedge
           accounting,
           recorded in net
           (gains) losses
           on derivative
           financial
           instruments            6,561       4,021        5,666       9,719
             Economic fuel
              expense          $217,676    $194,256     $645,830    $492,727
                               ========    ========     ========    ========
          Gallons of fuel
           burned (000s)         97,517      96,098      282,680     272,264
                                 ------      ------      -------     -------
             Average economic
              cost of aircraft
              fuel per gallon     $2.23       $2.02        $2.28       $1.81
                                  =====       =====        =====       =====
    The following table
     calculates diluted
     earnings per share,
     adjusted:
       Net income               $36,263     $10,426      $36,618    $117,571
          Gain on asset
           dispositions,
           net of taxes               -      (6,379)           -      (3,073)
          (Gain) loss on
           extinguishment
           of debt, net of
           taxes                      -         251            -      (3,333)
          Unrealized
           (gains) losses
           on derivative
           financial
           instruments, net
           of taxes             (17,903)      6,260        3,811     (27,663)
          Net income,
           adjusted             $18,360     $10,558      $40,429     $83,502
                                =======     =======      =======     =======
             Plus income
              effect of
              assumed interest
              on convertible
              debt                1,548         957        4,644       2,867
          Net income,
           adjusted after
           assumed
           conversion,
           diluted              $19,908     $11,515      $45,073     $86,369
                                =======     =======      =======     =======
          Adjusted
           weighted-
           average shares
           outstanding,
           diluted              172,951     140,625      172,678     139,617
                                -------     -------      -------     -------
             Diluted earnings
              per share,
              adjusted            $0.12       $0.08        $0.26       $0.62
                                  =====       =====        =====       =====
    * Aircraft fuel expense for the three months ended September 30, 2010 was
    reduced by $10.1 million due to a claim for refund of fuel taxes
    previously paid between 2007-2010.  Aircraft fuel expense for the nine
    months ended September 30, 2010 was reduced by $7.5 million due to a claim
    for refund of fuel taxes previously paid between 2007-2009.  This
    reduction in fuel expense had been incorporated in the Company's previous
    guidance.


    Contact:   Christopher White (Media)
               678-254-7442
               Jason Bewley (Investor Relations)
               407-318-5188


SOURCE AirTran Holdings, Inc.

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