MOLINE -- Delta Air Lines will provide mainline service to the Quad City International Airport beginning June 10, offering room for 56 more passengers than its current 6 a.m. flight to Atlanta.
Director of Aviation Bruce Carter, making the announcement this morning during a meeting of the Metropolitan Airport Authority board, said this is the first time Delta has offered mainline service in Moline.
Both the 6 a.m. flight to Atlanta and the return flight leaving Atlanta at 9:21 p.m., will be made with an A-319 Airbus, which seats 126 passengers, 12 of those in first class. The Delta Connection aircraft in use on the flight now seats 70 passengers.
Mr. Carter said the 6 a.m. flight is most in demand and this is an opportunity for the community to show Delta it can support larger aircraft.
Delta plans to offer mainline service through August and Mr. Carter said he will continue to lobby the airline to maintain mainline service into the future.
"This is a very exciting day," he said.
Delta also serves the Quad Cities with connecting flights to Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Mr. Carter said he would welcome mainline service to those cities, too.
Airlines are phasing-out smaller aircraft, Mr. Carter said. Later this week, Allegiant will begin using a 156-seat Airbus for service between Moline and Phoenix/Mesa.
In other business, the board approved a 3 percent general wage increase for Mr. Carter and 13 non-union management and administrative employees. The board also approved a 3 percent raise for 12 supervisors and full- and part-time employees working for Airport Services, LLC.
The raise takes effect May 5.Mr. Carter said the managers and employees have not had a wage adjustment since July 2010.
The wage increases will cost $42,000 a year, he said.
In mid-January, the board approved a five-year contract with its union workers. It calls for theAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3744 to get a 2 percent annual wage increase each year of the contract through June 30, 2017.
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.