|Founded||September 26, 2002 (as Air Wisconsin)|
|Commenced operations||November 15, 2002|
|Ceased operations||August 2004|
|Parent company||AirTran Holdings NYSE: AAI|
|Key people||Bob Fornaro
(Chairman, President and CEO)
AirTran JetConnect was the brand for AirTran Airways former regional airline service, which flew regional jet aircraft from AirTran's hub in Atlanta. Service was to short-haul markets where AirTran felt their 717 or A320 (operated by Ryan International) aircraft were too large to economically operate.
The JetConnect service was provided by regional carrier Air Wisconsin, who supplied 10 Canadair Regional Jet painted in full banner carrier (Commercial Aviation) AirTran livery with the subtle title branding Jet Connect added next to the AirTran Livery.
The last regional jet flight operated in August 2004.
The agreement was officially announced on September 26, 2002, with service beginning on November 15, 2002. Initially, JetConnect flew to Greensboro, Pensacola, and Savannah, later expanding to a total of 18 cities across the eastern United States.
On March 5, 2004, Airtran announced that it would be ending its JetConnect service. The airline performed an economic analysis and determined it could operate the Boeing 717 more efficiently than the Canadair regional jets in short-haul markets. The last regional jet flight operated in August 2004. The relationship between AirTran and Air Wisconsin was good; the airlines separated on good terms.
During the phasing-out process, Air Wisconsin returned all of its regional jets to the United Express fleet, repainting them in United Express livery. All aircraft have since been repainted in US Airways colours as Air Wisconsin now operates entirely under the US Airways Express banner.
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Picture of the Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200LR aircraft
- "AirTran Airways Announces New JetConnect Product; New Regional Jet Service Launches November 15th". AirTran Airways. Business Wire. 2002-09-26.
- "AirTran JetConnect Launches Inaugural Flight; New Regional Jet Service Begins Today". AirTran Airways. PR Newswire. 2002-11-15.
- "AirTran Airways Returns to All Full-Size Boeing Jets with Business Class". Business Wire. 2004-03-15.