SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549 FORM 8-K CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
June 19, 1997
(Date of earliest event reported)
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
Indiana 000-21642 35-1617970
(State of Other (Commission (I.R.S. Employer
Jurisdiction of File Number) Identification Number)
7337 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana46231
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
ITEM 5. OTHER EVENTS
The text of Exhibit 99(a), a press release, dated June 19,1997, announcing the election of John P. Tague as
President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtran, Inc., is
hereby incorporated herein by reference.
ITEM 7. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
99(a) Press Release, dated June 19, 1997,
announcing the election of John P.
Tague as President and Chief
Executive Officer of Amtran, Inc.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this
report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned
hereunto duly authorized.
Date: June 20, 1997 By: /s/ Kenneth K. Wolff
Name: Kenneth K. Wolff
Title: Chief Financial
For Immediate Release Media Contact: Dick Meyer 317/240-7479
Investor Relations Contact: Kim Wick 317/240-7602
Amtran, Inc. Names John P. Tague President and CEO
Indianapolis, IN June 19, 1997 -- Amtran, Inc., (Nasdaq/NMS: "AMTR"),
parent company of ATA (American Trans Air, Inc.), Chairman George
Mikelsons announced today that John P. Tague has been named President
and CEO of the airline. Mr. Tague previously held several positions at
Amtran including President and COO.
"We are delighted to welcome John back to ATA. We benefited from his
talents earlier in this decade and we look forward to his many
contributions once again. John knows ATA, the airline industry and
ATA's unique position in the marketplace extremely well," said
Amtran's Chairman and founder George Mikelsons. "ATA had some very
good years with John as part of our management team, including 1995,
our best year ever. We are pleased he is willing to return to take the
helm at ATA."
Mr. Tague began his aviation career at Midway Airlines in 1985. When
he left Midway in 1991, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing and
Planning. He came to ATA as the Vice President of Marketing in 1991
and within the year, was promoted to Senior Vice President of
Marketing and Sales. In June, 1993, he was promoted to Executive Vice
President of Marketing and Sales and in September to President and
Chief Operating Officer.
"ATA has one of the most exciting futures in the airline industry. It
has the infrastructure and flexibility to meet today's dynamic market
and a 24-year history of providing safe, low-cost and innovative
charter and scheduled service to the nation's most popular leisure
destinations. There is no other carrier with that breadth of
capability," said Tague. "My prior experience with ATA will hopefully
enable me to quickly begin making a contribution to an already strong
In May of 1995, Tague left ATA to found and serve as Co- Chairman and
CEO of the Pointe Group, a limited liability corporation. At the time
of Tague's resignation, Mikelsons said, "John Tague...has helped ATA
through some of the most difficult years in the history of the
aviation industry. His leadership has been extraordinary and I am
proud to have had him on our team." Mr. Tague retained his seat on the
Company's Board of Directors following his resignation as President.
He resigned from the Board in early 1996.
Most recently, Mr. Tague has been serving as Chief Executive Officer
for both Vanguard Airlines, Inc. and Air South Airlines, as part of
the consulting services provided to both companies by the Pointe
Group. Vanguard, located in Kansas City, and Air South, headquartered
in Columbia, South Carolina, are both regional airlines.
Mr. Tague replaces Stan Pace, who resigned as President and CEO last
month. Mr. Tague will assume his responsibilities with ATA effective
June 30, 1997. He will also serve on the Company's Board of Directors.
Now in its 24th year, ATA has made air travel easy and affordable for
more than 35 million passengers. The airline operates a fleet of 45
aircraft, including Boeing 727s, Boeing 757s and Lockhead L1011s. The
fleet is supported by ATA's own maintenance and engineering facilities
in Indianapolis and Chicago-Midway, and maintenance support stations
worldwide. Amtran's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market
under the symbol "AMTR." To find out more about ATA, please visit us