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AirTran Flight Attendants Ratify Contract

Date: May 23, 2005

ATLANTA - The AirTran Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, overwhelmingly ratified a 3 1/2 year agreement today, the union announced.

88 percent of eligible flight attendants who cast their ballots voted for the contract. Over 70 percent of eligible flight attendants voted, the highest percentage participating in any vote at the airline, the union said.

"Our members deserved a raise," said AFA AirTran Master Executive Council President Susan Cosby.  "Our senior flight attendants have gone as long as five years without one, and they've now won an increase that's going to mean a better quality of life for their families," Cosby said.

"More than that," she added, "this contract includes pay raises and better working conditions for everyone.  We've laid a good foundation to keep improving our profession at AirTran.  We understand that we've got more work to do," the union official noted, adding that the agreement allows flight attendants to enter into early discussions with the company in just 2 1/2 years, rather than wait until the full term of the agreement expires.

"It was a hard fight," Cosby said, "to win as much as we did, given these very difficult times in the airline industry, and that only happened because so many attendants worked long, hard hours and stayed focused on what we needed to accomplish through these negotiations.  I'm grateful to each and everyone one of our members who helped us make our case with the company in the strongest possible terms."

More than 46,000 Flight Attendants, including the 1,400 Flight Attendants at AirTran, join together to form AFA, the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afaairtran.com.

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