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MESABA REPORTS FEBRUARY TRAFFIC

 MINNEAPOLIS, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc., today said that it flew 18.6 million revenue passenger miles during the month of February, a 23.3 percent increase when compared with 15 million revenue passenger miles flown during the same month last year (a revenue passenger mile equals on passenger flown one mile). The airline said it carried 91,978 passengers during the month, an increase of 23.8 percent over 74,285 passengers carried last February. Mesaba's load factor in February was 43.2 percent compared with 45.3 percent during the same month one year ago.
 Mesaba operates as Northwest Airlink under a marketing agreement with Northwest Airlines. The regional carrier provides connecting service to Northwest at Minneapolis/St. Paul International and Detroit Metropolitan Airports. The airline currently serves 45 cities in 15 states and one Canadian province.
 Mesaba Aviation, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Minnesota- based AirTran Corporation. AirTran's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol ATCC.
 MESABA AVIATION, INC.
 Monthly Operating Statistics
 Feb. 1993 Feb. 1992 Change
 Passengers carried: 91,978 74,285 23.8 percent
 Available seat miles: 43,083,382 33,307,217 29.4 percent
 Revenue pass. miles: 18,601,631 15,090,423 23.3 percent
 System-wide load factor: 43.2 percent 45.3 percent (2.1) points
 -0- 3/10/93
 /CONTACT: Jeffrey B. Jones, director of marketing and planning of Mesaba, 612-726-5151 ext. 352/
 (ATCC)


CO: Mesaba Aviation, Inc.; AirTran Corporation; Northwest Airlines ST: Minnesota, Detroit IN: AIR SU:

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