Akron-Canton Airport and AirTran
Airways celebrated the grand opening of the Business Class section at the
Convocation Center located at Cleveland State University (CSU) during the
American Idol concert on July 29. The newly created section
is the cornerstone of a joint sponsorship agreement entered into by the
airline, airport and the Convo.
The Business Class section features a fully staffed 10-seat section with
luxury seating, and food and beverage services. Guests to CSU University
athletic games or other Convocation Center concerts and events can purchase
tickets within the section or perhaps win a free "business class upgrade"
during the game.
"This is a fantastic way to promote AirTran Airways'
business class aircraft seating," says Judy Graham-Weaver, AirTran Airways
public relations manager. "We are the only affordable fare carrier serving
Northeast Ohio who offers both advanced seat assignments and very affordable
upgrades at the ticket counter to business travelers. It's our way of
offering business class seating that any business can afford."
In addition to the Business Class section, the sponsorship agreement
includes airport and airline signage within the Convo, rotating video segments
inside and outside the Convocation Center, email and direct mail promotions to
faculty, students and alumni, and recognition and advertising during CSU
Kristie Van Auken, airport marketing/communications director
comments, "We are delighted with our Convocation Center partnership. AirTran
offers great fares to great destinations aboard brand new Boeing 717s and the
airport offers a great experience. Clearly air service is a regional issue
and we want to extend our support of great events and entertainment venues
throughout Northeast Ohio."
The Convocation Center is a primary event venue in Cleveland. "We are
very excited to be a part of what has become a true partnership in every sense
of the word. We look forward to being a key part of the success of the Akron-
Canton Airport and AirTran Airways in Northeast Ohio," said Joe Mazur, general
manager of the Convocation Center.–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen