February 20, 2009
Florida has a long aviation tradition, from the first scheduled passenger flight across Tampa Bay to legendary air carriers including Eastern Airlines, Pan American World Airways and National Airlines.
Today, there are a number of Florida-based airlines including:
AirTran: AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), a Fortune 1000 company, is ranked number one in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study. The airline offers coast-to-coast flights, North America’s newest all-Boeing fleet, friendly service and Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit http://www.airtran.com.
Gulfstream International: Gulfstream (NYSE: GIA) currently operates 23 aircraft with over 150 daily system departures throughout Florida, the Bahamas and now with service at Cleveland, OH. Gulfstream operates as Continental Connection, under contractual agreement with Continental Airlines. Additionally Gulfstream has codeshare relationships with Northwest Airlines and United Airlines. Gulfstream also operates charter flights between Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba through a related company, Gulfstream Air Charter. The Company, with its headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, has approximately 700 employees, the bulk of which are Florida based. Gulfstream is a member of the Regional Airline Association. website at www.gulfstreamair.com.
Spirit Airlines: Spirit Airlines, Inc. (www.spiritair.com) is the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) in the United States, Latin America and Caribbean. Its all-Airbus fleet, the youngest in the Americas, flies more than 200 daily flights to 43 destinations. The company is based in Miramar, Florida, and employs 2,300 professionals.