ATA Airlines

ATA Airlines, American Trans Air until 2003, was an American airline based in Indianapolis who has stopped all activities on April 2, 2008.


1972 Ambassadair Travel Club is founded and takes on a Boeing 720 flight operations on. 1973 American Trans Air was founded as a charter airline. Not until 1981 that it obtains the approval line and acquires Boeing 707 as a central hub initially serves Indianapolis. First, however, still only flew on charter flights. 1985 flottet you a more Lockheed L -1011 " TriStar ". 108,000 U.S. soldiers are transported to the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War in 1991 as part of Operation "Desert Storm". In 1992, the first scheduled air service. In 2003, changing its name to " ATA Airline Inc. '. In addition, North American Airlines operates as mandated by the United States Department of Defense troops flights. In October 2004, creditor protection under U.S. law ( "Chapter 11" ) was developed by the parent company, ATA Holdings Corp.. , Requested. After Matlin Patterson and other lenders have invested $ 100 million to buy the ATA Holdings, ATA Airlines was privatized. For this reason, ATA could terminate the bankruptcy protection on February 28, 2006.

On 5 April 2007 the parent company ATA bought (now Global Aero Logistics) North American Airlines North American Airlines and World Airways from the World Air Holdings from Holdings.

On 2 April 2008, in turn, creditor protection under U.S. law ( "Chapter 11" ) has been submitted and in the sequence of operations was completely set. The Company believes that this development back to the loss of a major contract in the military charter business.


ATA operated last 28 goals, almost exclusively in national transport. International only some destinations in Mexico have been served, but Leipzig / Halle in the context of military Charter. The home airport of ATA was the Chicago Midway International Airport. Other domestic American targets were flown in code-share cooperation with Southwest Airlines.


Before setting the flight operation, the fleet consisted of the ATA as of March 2008, 28 aircraft: