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A share price of $7 is still way off the break even mark, but I realized soon after buying this bird that navigating through economic turbulence is not enough to land an airline stock safely onto the growth runway.

On the negative side, Airtran and other airlines alienate customers by hiding the true costs of travel inside nickel and dime add-on feeds not to mention performance records that make a mockery of schedules and respect for passenger time.

On the positive side, Airtran gave GF a free drink when we flew home from WDW last month on her 50th birthday (head flight attendant said she deserved a drink on her 21st birthday, but GF said she deserved it for traveling with me). Plus, Airtran hasn't yet landed on a taxi way or missed the jet stream exit for the airport.

Who notes Airtran is not his biggest loser stock but has been down almost since he first purchased at what he then thought was a low and has continued to flail ever since...
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