March 30, 2007

AirTran Airways Gives Average Joe the Chance to Beat a Racing Pro

Airline Launches First-ever Online Video Game to Star Danica Patrick

ORLANDO, Fla., March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI - News), announced today that it has teamed up with IndyCar superstar Danica Patrick to launch a brand-new online game called AirTran Raceway, the first-ever video game to star Patrick.

The airline, a sponsor of Andretti Green Racing and Danica Patrick, will reward online gamers with airline tickets for logging the fastest time at Players can choose to race "Digital Danica" on four different track options - all of which are set at an airport - and in a number of airport-themed racing vehicles such as a supercharged luggage truck.

Patrick, who had a busy off season including cameos in a rap video and a commercial in the Big Game, spent studio time modeling, recording sound bites and shooting countless emotions for the AirTran Raceway game. A virtual version of Patrick delivers comments on her competitor's racing skills - or lack thereof - during head-to-head races.

AirTran Airways will link its game with Danica's IndyCar Series schedule by rewarding the fastest racer on each of the game's four tracks with a round- trip ticket on AirTran Airways at the end of every IndyCar Series race week - 16 weeks total. To race Danica and compete for one of more than 60 free* airline tickets, participants need only sign up for AirTran Airways' award- winning frequent-flier program, A+ Rewards, and start racing at

"Whether you're into online gaming, a racing fan or just surfing the Internet for something fun, AirTran Airways is happy to provide the opportunity to compete with a real racing professional," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of sales and marketing for AirTran Airways. "Driving against Danica Patrick online, to win airline tickets or just as a fun way to get in the racing spirit, is one of the many benefits of being an A+ Rewards member and flying on AirTran Airways."

AirTran Raceway will remain online indefinitely, but the promotion to win a flight runs from March 23, 2007 to September 9, 2007.

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low- fare airlines with more than 8,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates more than 700 daily flights to 56 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier.

AirTran Airways' aircraft features the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717-200 to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class and XM Satellite Radio on every flight. For reservations or more information, visit (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

* A+ Reward seats are subject to availability and blackout dates. Taxes
and fees are extra - the September 11th security fee of up to $2.50 per
segment is not included. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one
landing. Passengers traveling to/from Grand Bahama Island are subject to
U.S. and Bahamian taxes of $91.20.


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Media Contacts: Tad Hutcheson

Judy Graham-Weaver

Source: AirTran Airways

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