Delta Airlines updates fleet, offers better flying experience from GNV


Delta Airlines will upgrade its fleet to offer area travelers a better product when flying from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV.) The mainline carrier will replace its current CRJ 200s with several CRJ 900s and one B717, all of which include First-class accommodations.

The transition to larger aircraft will take place beginning April 1. The replacement will mean first class seats will be available on all flights and one flight a day will feature First and Economy classes as well as Economy Comfort which offers more legroom.

The replacement reflects Delta Airline’s move toward a more fuel-efficient fleet. Currently, Delta serves GNV with 50-seat CRJs. The first flight of the day will be on a Boeing-717 which seats 110 people in three tiers. The remaining flights will be on CRJ 900s, a 76-seat aircraft that features first class cabin space.

“Gainesville is a business travel market,” said airport CEO Allan Penksa. “Since many of them earn the upgrades, First class service is an opportunity our most frequent Road Warriors have been asking for from our airlines.”

As the planes are replaced and more seat capacity is added at GNV, the flight schedule will be consolidated. Although GNV will go from seven to five daily Delta departures, there will actually be an 18 percent increase in the number of available seats each day.

GNV travelers can begin booking flights on these aircraft today.

Schedule Starting April 1:

7 a.m.                  B717               110 Seats

10:15 a.m.         CRJ 900         76 Seats

1:10 p.m.           CRJ 900         76 Seats

3:25 p.m.           CRJ 900         76 Seats

6:15 p.m.           CRJ 900         76 Seats

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