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Launch of Bigger Jet for United Airlines out of Duluth a Success

Updated: March 12, 2018 10:44 PM

United Airlines first mainline service flight from Duluth to Chicago was a success on Saturday morning. The larger Airbus aircraft can seat almost 130 people, compared to the 50-seater jets that have been used in the past.

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The Airbus will be the first flight out and the last flight in each day. It is the largest aircraft used for daily service out of Duluth, according to the airport.

Tom Werner, Executive Director of the Duluth Int'l Airport, said, "It's a tremendous upgrade. It shows United's confidence in the market. When United started this route in 2007, they started with two 50-seater jets a day. Then it's worked its way up to four daily flights seasonally. And this is the next step in that organic growth."

He said that he thinks this could mean even more larger aircraft for the airport. "Competition is a big deal in a regional market like Duluth. Without competition, fares would be out of control, and we'd have limited options. We need our region to continue to fly locally, and use all of our carriers."

The Airbuses will also get service occasionally at nearby AAR. They will be either the A319 or A320 models.

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