Airlines Remembered

American Transair

Photos © R.Leeuw

Ceased operations: 2003 (renamed & continued ops as ATA Airlines)
Homebase: Indianapolis Int'l, IN
Founded: 1973
ICAO callsign: Amtran
Operations: passengers

The namechange became official during 2003, after having traded (dba - doing business as) as ATA for some time and the name American Trans Air can be written in history books.

Boeing 727-264(Advanced) N765AT (c/n 23014/1816) on final approach into Chicago O'Hare's Int'l Airport on 02Aug98. This colourscheme was familiar for a long time, but around 1998 also the more festive colourscheme below was introduced.
Some company details: the parent company is ATA Holdings Corp. consisting of ATA and four other subsidiaries:
ATA (ATA Airlines, Inc), providing scheduled service to 40+ destinations.
ATA Charter, for charter services
ATA Connection (Chicago Express Airlines, Inc., a regional commuter airline)
Ambassadair Travel Club, Inc., air travel club
ATA Training Corporation, provides training for students to become certified Air Frame and Power Plant Technicians.

Lockheed L.1011 tristar 50 N197AT (c/n 193P-1082) at Manchester,UK on 19Aug2000.

N301TZ Boeing 737-83N(Winglets) in the new livery of ATA, on final approach into Seattle's "Sea-Tac" IAP, 12Aug03

Close up of the newly revised taillogo.

Some of ATA's milestones:

1973 Year founded
1981 Air carrier status approved
1986 Scheduled passenger service begins
1992 Scheduled service hub opens at Chicago-Midway
1999 Surpassed $1 billion in annual revenue
2000 "Major Carrier" status achieved
2001 Begins re-fleeting process and scheduled service from Chicago-Midway to international destinations.
2002 ATA becomes the number one carrier from both Indianapolis International Airport and Chicago-Midway, and the third largest carrier overall in Chicago, based on the number of passengers flown.
2003 ATA announces a company name change from American Trans Air, Inc. to ATA Airlines, Inc.

ATA Airlines failed in 2004.

JP Airline Fleets, edition 2002
ATA facts

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