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 Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th Masonic District of Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle. 1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.