Delta to bring back Mainline Flight to TRI

9:43 am | July 16, 2012

BLOUNTVILLE — Tri-Cities Regional Airport will welcome back a mainline flight from Delta Air Lines this September, a move that will provide additional seating and give passengers the option of first class service. Beginning Sept. 5, Delta will operate the 7:30 morning departure from TRI using a DC-9 aircraft with 127 seats. The flight will arrive back at TRI from Atlanta at 9 p.m. and overnight in preparation for the following morning.

“We are enthusiastic about the return of mainline Delta service to Tri-Cities,” said Melissa Thomas, director of marketing and air service development. “The bigger aircraft will allow larger groups to travel together out of TRI and provide more seats for the crowded morning outbound and evening in-bound flights.”

The reappearance of mainline service is occurring at a time that Delta is retiring many of their smaller 50-seat regional jet aircraft. Delta’s fall schedule for TRI shows most weekdays with eight daily roundtrips. The other flights will operate on Delta Connection 50-seat regional jets.

After initiating service at TRI in 1990, Delta transferred mainline service to their regional airline partners in November 1995 and has since served the market as Delta Connection.

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