Southwest Airlines on Monday announced an agreement to acquire AirTran Airways. Photo: By Rob Finlayson. Southwest Airlines' acquisition of AirTran Airways for approximately $1.4 billion in cash and SWA stock (see item below) is expected to yield net annual synergies of more than $400 million by 2013, SWA said on Monday. One-time costs related to the acquisition and integration of AirTran are expected to be in the range of $300-$500 million. The deal combines two carriers with ...

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