ATLANTA, June 30 (UPI) -- The Boeing Co. has reportedly beaten Airbus to a $6 billion AirTran Airways contract for 100 aircraft.
CBS MarketWatch says the discount carrier is expected to make the announcement Tuesday morning at its hub at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport.
The last major order placed with Boeing was in 1999, when AirTran bought 50 717's.
AirTran Monday reported that for the first time in its nine-year history, it has boarded one million passengers in a single month.
During a Monday ceremony, passenger Mike Burdine was recognized in Atlanta as AirTran's one-millionth passenger to board during June. The vice president of engineering for National Linen Service received a model Boeing 717 aircraft as he boarded an AirTran Airways flight bound for Orlando, Fla.
AirTran operates 492 flights daily to 43 destinations.