New deal ratified by AirTran flight attendants

AirTran Airways has announced the successful ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement with its flight attendants with the deal being overwhelmingly approved by 96% of voting members.

The agreement takes effect on 1 May 2011 and provides for increased compensation, improved benefits and preservation of key service and reliability functions.

“It is extremely gratifying to come to this agreement which benefits our dedicated flight attendants, our company and all crewmembers,” commented Bob Fornaro, AirTran’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We have an agreement that rewards our flight attendants for their hard work while still allowing our airline to maintain its high-quality, low-cost structure, and affordable service.”

The AirTran flight attendants, numbering more than 2,200, are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO.

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