Monday, February 10, 2014

Flights between Idaho Falls, Minneapolis-St. Paul set to start in June

The 76-seat CRJ900, a regional jet that is scheduled to start flying between Idaho Falls and Minneapolis-St. Paul in June. 
Delta Air Lines will begin offering non-stop service from Idaho Falls Regional Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul beginning on June 7.

Service will be provided with a CRJ-900 jet aircraft that will offer first class and economy seating as well as domestic Wi-Fi service. The public can purchase tickets online now at www.Delta.com.

They will initially offer the new service three days a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) through the end of summer. “The goal is to have the flights be successful enough that it will translate into continued flights and additional service,” Airport Director Craig H. Davis said in a press release.

Flights will arrive in Idaho Falls at 12:59 p.m. and depart at 1:25 p.m., arriving in Minneapolis-St. Paul at 4:43 p.m.

"The connection will provide multiple destination options for both business and leisure travelers to and from our community," Davis said. "(The) airport offers a very comprehensive service to the upper Midwest and East Coast." There are 95 possible destinations beyond Minneapolis-St. Paul, 30 more than what is available beyond Salt Lake City, he said.

Delta began taking delivery of 76-seat CRJ900s in the second half of 2013 as part of a drive to restructure its fleet of planes. In late 2012, it announced it had made an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace under which Delta was to acquire 40 new CRJ900 two-class regional jets, with the option of purchasing an additional 30, phasing out its smaller regional jets.

“The economics and customer features of the Bombardier CRJ900 made it the right aircraft to add to our Delta Connection fleet,” said Delta President Ed Bastian. “Combined with the removal of 50-seat aircraft, this opportunity bolsters our ongoing fleet restructuring program to remove less efficient, smaller regional aircraft from the system.”