65 Percent of Shares Voted for AirTran’s Nominees
ORLANDO, Fla. — AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI) the parent of AirTran Airways, today announced its slate of nominees was officially elected as directors of Midwest Air Group, Inc. (Amex: MEH) by the Midwest shareholders at Midwest’s Annual Meeting, held on June 14, 2007. According to the certified results, 65 percent of shares voted were in favor of John Albertine, Jeffrey Erickson and Charles Kalmbach.
„The shareholders have overwhelmingly spoken and have voted for change inside the Midwest boardroom,“ said Joe Leonard, chairman and CEO of AirTran Airways. „As expected, the certification of the election results underscores that the Midwest owners are not pleased with the status quo attitude of the company’s ‚go-it-alone‘ business plan and that they voted for the merger with AirTran. It is clearly time to move forward toward combining our two companies and building a stronger airline that will provide value to shareholders and greater opportunities for employees and the traveling public. We look forward to meeting with the new board of Midwest on July 16, 2007, with the goal of moving toward effecting a definitive merger agreement.“
AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company, offers passengers more than 700 affordable, daily flights to 56 destinations throughout the United States. The airline is the second-largest carrier at its hub, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and one of America’s largest low-fare airlines. With more than 8,800 friendly Crew Members and free online booking on http://www.airtran.com, AirTran Airways makes travel both pleasant and convenient. The airline flies America’s youngest all-Boeing fleet, composed of the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717-200 aircraft. AirTran Airways was also the first to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class seating on every flight.