said Tuesday it expects significant earnings growth and is comfortable with Wall Street's estimates for its 2001 first quarter.

According to

First Call/Thomson Financial

, seven analysts expect AirTran to earn 7 cents a share in its first quarter. In the year-ago period, the Orlando, Fla.-based parent of

AirTran Airways

earned 4 cents a share.

Shares of AirTran fell 10 cents, or 1.3%, to close at $7.80 on the

American Stock Exchange