Delta will test mainline jet service in the QCs

April  16, 2013

QC Airport: Delta switches summer flight to newer, bigger jet

This summer, Delta Air Lines will offer passengers a daily flight on a newer, bigger jet at the Quad City Airport. Today, Director of Aviation, Bruce Carter, announced it will be the first time in the airport's history that Delta flies a mainline jet here, instead of smaller regional planes.

He says passengers will enjoy the larger, A-319 Airbus which has 126 seats, including 12 in first class. "It puts us on the map. We have the demand and service to support a larger jet. And we want the community to support it. Passengers will enjoy a new, luxurious type of an aircraft." Delta Connection airplanes seat 70 passengers, and its flights will continue to maintain the current flight schedule.

The Delta airbus flight will leave the airport in Moline, IL at 6 a.m. and arrive in Atlanta at 8:50 a.m. Later, the return flight will depart at 9:15 p.m., arriving in the Quad Cities at 10:20 p.m. Carter says, "That gives people time to conduct their business during the day and come back at a decent time."

The mainline jet service is scheduled to begin June 10th through August.