May 20th marked the Delta Airlines return of mainline service at the airport. Delta Flight 690 departed Detroit Wayne County International Airport at 2:15 and touched down at Bangor International at 3:45pm. Ramp crews made for a quick turnaround as the flight departed back to Detroit at 5pm.
The airline took over the Bangor/Detroit run which had been previously been operated by Delta Connection subsidiary Express Jet. With the return, Delta begins operating the service between the two cities with Boeing 717-200 jets formerly of the AirTran fleet. When Southwest and AirTran merged, Southwest, operator of the Boeing 737 family of aircraft, sold off the fleet of 717-200s.
Express Jet operated the leg with Canadair CRJ700 jets in a 65 passenger, three class configuration with First, Economy Comfort and Economy. The replacement, 717-200 will operate in a similar 3 class setup with the ability to carry 110 passengers in a 2-3 main cabin configuration. On board Go-Go in-flight wireless will be available on all planes along with fully refurbished cabins.
Stay tuned for a trip review in July!