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Convenient, Affordable Travel

Now in its 35th year, ATA Airlines serves major business centers and popular vacation destinations through its scheduled service and commercial charter operations. ATA transports millions of passengers annually, providing the kinds of conveniences experienced travelers have come to expect at affordable rates that rival the lowest fares in the industry. ATA's unique brand of value-based service includes advanced seat assignments, self-service kiosks, Web check-in and a frequent flyer program with one of the lowest thresholds for earning travel in the industry. ATA is also a leading carrier for the U.S. military, operating charter missions everyday around the globe.

A Global Aero Logistics Company

ATA Airlines, Inc. is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Aero Logistics Inc., whose other indirect subsidiaries include North American Airlines, Inc. and World Airways, Inc. North American Airlines offers charter services throughout the world for the U.S. military, as well as scheduled service to West Africa and Guyana from New York and Baltimore. World Airways provides customized transportation services for major international passenger and cargo carriers, international freight forwarders, the U. S. military and international leisure tour operators.

ATA Airlines Milestones

1973 Year founded in Indianapolis by George Mikelsons
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 Achieved "Major Carrier" status
2001 ATA begins re-fleeting process and scheduled service from Chicago-Midway to international destinations

ATA begins operation from its new gates at Chicago-Midway's A concourse

2003 ATA announces company name change from American Trans Air, Inc. to ATA Airlines, Inc.
2005 ATA names John Denison Chairman and CEO

First-ever codeshare agreement with Southwest Airlines


ATA announces significant expansion with additional West-Coast-to-Hawaii service, entry into Houston

  ATA Airlines emerges from Chapter 11 restructuring efforts

ATA announces significant enhancements in codeshare agreement with Southwest Airlines, new service from Oakland, Ontario, CA and Hilo, Hawaii

2007 Subodh Karnik named President and Chief Executive Officer, January 1, 2007
  ATA Airlines becomes subsidiary of holding company, Global Aero Logistics Inc.

Aircraft Fleet

ATA operates Boeing 737-800s, Boeing 757-200s, Boeing 757-300s, DC10s and Lockheed L-1011s.


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Nationwide Markets, Groundbreaking Codeshare

Through direct and connecting codeshare service via Southwest Airlines, ATA serves customers in more than 60 markets. As of March 1, 2006, ATA and Southwest significantly enhanced their codeshare agreement to provide customers with additional booking and frequent flyer program earning options. Travelers who purchase flights directly from ATA can choose to receive either ATA Travel Awards points or Southwest Rapid Rewards credits.

ATA Airlines operates nonstop service from Chicago-Midway to: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX; Oakland, CA; Guadalajara and Cancun, Mexico.

ATA Airlines also operates significant nonstop service to Hawaii including:

  • Nonstop from Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; Phoenix, AZ to Honolulu.
  • Nonstop from Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; Phoenix, AZ to Maui.
  • Nonstop from Oakland, CA to Hilo.
  • Nonstop from Oakland, CA to Kona.
  • Nonstop from Oakland, CA to Lihue.
  • Nonstop from Las Vegas, NV to Maui.

Connecting service to/from Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Lihue and Maui provided by our codeshare partner Southwest Airlines is available to many codeshare cities nationwide.

Southwest Codeshare Cities:
Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Amarillo, TX; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Boise, ID; Buffalo, NY; Burbank, CA; Chicago-Midway, IL; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas-Love Field, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; El Paso, TX; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Hartford, CT; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jackson, MS; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Little Rock, AR; Long Island/Islip, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Manchester, NH; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Norfolk, VA; Oakland, CA; Oklahoma City, OK; Omaha, NE; Ontario, CA; Orange County, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Raleigh/Durham, NC; Reno, NV; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; Spokane, WA; St. Louis, MO; Tampa, FL; Tucson, AZ; Tulsa, OK; and Washington-Dulles, DC.

ATA Travel Awards

ATA's simplified frequent flyer program, Travel Awards, offers one of the lowest thresholds for earning travel with the added benefit of no redemption blackout dates. With just two (2) roundtrips booked on, customers earn a companion coach class ticket on any ATA Airlines operated flight in the continental U.S. Additional rewards, including travel to Hawaii, can be earned quickly because all bookings online at receive an automatic bonus.

As a result of the recent enhancements in ATA's codeshare agreement with Southwest Airlines, those purchasing flights directly from ATA reservations and now have the option of earning either Travel Awards Points or Southwest Rapid Rewards credits. Visit to learn more and enroll to become a Travel Awards Member.

Charter Service

ATA provides worldwide charter service to more than 250 airports for customers that include the U.S. Military, tour operators, government agencies, sports organizations, incentive groups and corporate clients.

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