While AirTran Airways said Thursday it will no longer sell tickets on Expedia.com, the online travel retailer has its own version of events.

AirTran mutually agreed with Expedia that as a result of the termination of its Worldspan agreement, and the limited ability to jointly serve its customers going forward, it was best to discontinue the sale of AirTran Airways flights at Expedia.com "at this time," said Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways' vice president of planning in a release.

The company has had "a productive partnership with Expedia," it said, and hopes to renew it "some day," the release said.

"Today's economic environment in the airline industry requires us to look at every line-item as we continue to focus on reducing costs in order to keep our fares low; managing our distribution costs is no exception," the AirTran release read.

But Expedia executives said in a statement that recent business decisions by AirTran left the online travel site's ability to provide customer service in jeopardy. It wasn't more specific.

"AirTran's statement that they turned us off is patently inaccurate. In fact, Expedia.com removed AirTran from its site on 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27th," said Wendy Grover, vice president of communications in a prepared statement sent by e-mail.

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