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AirTran pilots ratify collective agreement

AirTran Airways has reported the successful ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement with its pilots with approval by 86.9% from a 93% turnout of pilots eligible to vote.

The agreement takes effect on 1 December and provides for increased compensation, improved benefits and enhancements to productivity.

"This is good news for our pilots, our customers, and our airline," commented Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways’ chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We have now finalised an agreement that rewards our pilots for their hard work and professionalism while still allowing our airline to maintain its high-quality, low-cost structure, and affordable service."

The more than 1,700 pilots at AirTran Airways are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association.

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