Southwest-AirTran mesh cargo networks

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Southwest Airlines cargo division is now shipping cargo on AirTran Airways flights, a move Southwest called a milestone in the ongoing merger of the two carriers.

Southwest says in a media release that its "Southwest Cargo" brand can now ship cargo on either AirTran or Southwest flights, and can connect cargo between Southwest flights and AirTran flights.

Southwest vice-president of cargo and charters Matt Buckley says meshing the networks opens growth opportunity for the airline's cargo operations and gives cargo customers access to more flights and destinations.

"Connectivity of the carriers' networks means hundreds of new flights and 68 new nonstop markets for cargo customers," says the airline.