- ATA Connection
(C8) ATA Connection
C8 is the defunct
IATAcode designator of ATA Connection, and was the trademark brandused by the renamed parent of ATA Holdings Inc., principle operating unit ATA Airlinesfor flights to smaller Midwestern cities.
C8 - the ATA Connection, as a branded regional feeder operation, ceased being used when the remaining
assets of Chicago Express were completely divestedfrom AMTRAN, INC.'s successor companyearly in 2006, and some months before that when the fleetwas withrawn from service, owned aircraft parked, and leased airplanes returned to their lease owners. C8 was also the IATAcode used when travel agencies were writing tickets upon Chicago Express routes, and booking travel between airlines not affiliated or owned by ATA.
When the remains of Chicago Express (C8) were
liquidated, the company was sold as Chicago Express, just as it read on the companies original airline operating certificate. ATA Connection's imagery and logos do not live on, unlike Pan Am's logos and trademarks.
The type of arrangement the C8 code and ATA Connection's form of logo and branding separating the two, has in the past at other companies, lead to many public and corporate perception problems. Examples of such would be
Ransome Airlineswho much of the informed among the aviation industry, was under the impression had completely exited the business of aviation, when it's parent companyhad collapsed in bankruptcy. However, Ransome Airlinesas Trans World Expresscontinued to operate for years to come, unbeknownst to many.
Similarly, for many lay individuals, when one sees the
Pan Amemblem and logo emblazoned upon railways and airplanes at airports in literally identical Pan Am Clipper Connectionor Pan Am Railwaysform, this tends to leave the impression to all, that the original business is still in place. As in the case of Pan Am Systemsalso unbeknownst to many, no business connection to the original Pan American World Airwaysexists, although Pan Am's distintive logo who Pan Am System owns, has been through four generations of different corporate usage.
C8 the IATA code of ATA Connection, C8 the certificated airline and former subsidiary of
ATA Airlinesparent company, and C8 the brand identified with ATA Connection are once and for all defunct. Amtran, and ATA Holdingscontinue to exist but in the renamed form of Global Aero Logistics. ATA Airlinesa fully certificated airline carrier; IATA code TZ, ended operations in April 2008 as a result of the controlling interests of the MatlinPatterson hedge fund's reallocation of Amtran/ATA Holdings/ATA Airlines capital resources into the continued leveraged investments of DC-10equipment, and World Airways/ North American Airlinescausing and resulting in the financial insolvency of ATA Airlines through these collateralized transactions
(C8) The ATA Connection brand no longer exists
Other similar brands
* ATA Connection operated by Chicago Express Airlines Inc.
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