Boeing 717 returns to Delta Airlines service at Tri-Cities Airport | WJHL

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — For the first time in nearly three years, Delta Airlines at Tri-Cities Airport will restore mainline service.

On Wednesday evening, a Boeing 717 will fly into the Tri-Cities from Atlanta, Georgia. He will leave Thursday morning. This will be the first time there has been a flight on Delta’s mainline since 2020.

The plane is larger than the CRJ plane that takes off daily from the airport, which means more passengers can fly.

Tri-Cities Airport Executive Director Gene Cossey said it was scheduled until Jan. 1, but he hopes to see it stay.

“All that means is that it’s on the schedule until January 1st. They could continue it after that, they could make it come and go. We hope that continues, but for now we know he will be here every night and leaving every morning until January 1,” Cossey said.

The plane has more capacity, more first-class seats and simply offers better overall passenger service, according to Cossey. The 717 will fly once a day. The plane is scheduled to fly from the Tri-Cities to Atlanta at 6:10 a.m. Thursday morning.

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