Two ticket/check-in counters at Kansas City International Airport will be going dark in the not too distant future as a pair of major airline brands fade into history.
The first to disappear for good will be The Big A – as in AirTran - which Southwest purchased some time back.
However, Southwest has pretty well kept AirTran operating separately and is only gradually absorbing it into the mainstream Southwest.
According to Travel Weekly, Southwest has set December 28, 2014 as the date for the last flight of its AirTran subsidiary. The final flight will be AirTran # 001 from Atlanta to Tampa, retracing the airline’s first flight as ValuJet in 1993.
The second logo to go will be that of USAirways.
The US Airways / AA integration is anticipated to be completed by the latter part of next year’s first quarter.
Other once high flying name brand disappearances have included Continental - which was acquired by United and Northwest Airlines - now a part of Delta.
Oddly, two of the highest scoring airlines with consumers—Virgin America and JetBlue—have yet to make KCI part of their domestic network.
But don’t hold your breath…