AirTran looking for profits in each quarter of 2009

Despite an expected dip in traffic of 7% to 8.5% this quarter, AirTran Airways expects to see profits in every quarter of 2009, the company said Monday in a regulatory filing. AirTran has exited most of its bad fuel hedges and expects to gain against its rivals as consumers seek out value-oriented travel amid the economic recession. Separately, Chief Executive Bob Fornaro noted recently that the carrier's revenue from fees for services such as checked luggage is helping to offset low levels in demand.

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