BOSTON, Dec. 21, 2006 – Delta Air Lines – the leading carrier at Boston in terms of flights and destinations – this spring will offer business travelers even more choices for nonstop service between Boston’s Logan International Airport and key business markets throughout the Northeast. Delta and Montana-based Big Sky Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding for Big Sky to operate Delta Connection carrier service beginning in the second quarter of 2007, further solidifying Delta’s position as the carrier of choice for Boston customers.
As part of the agreement, Big Sky initially will fly eight 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft, featuring stand-up cabins, on short-haul routes from Boston, representing an 18 percent increase in departures. Specific routes and frequencies will be announced later this winter.
“Delta is Boston’s leading carrier, offering more flights to more destinations from Boston than any other airline, and we’re pleased to enhance the travel experience for our business customers in the Northeast through a significant expansion in service, including flights to a number of new Delta destinations from Boston,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president of Network and Revenue Management. “In addition to convenient access to the business center and historical sights of Boston, this service provides customers with superior connecting opportunities to nearly 130 flights to more than 40 nonstop destinations Delta and its partners will offer next spring.”
Customers flying the new Delta Connection carrier service operated by Big Sky will enjoy the extensive amenities afforded by Delta’s new Terminal A facility at Logan Airport, including business services, shopping and restaurants. The new terminal boasts state-of-the-art technology to ensure a convenient travel experience for customers, including 32 self-service kiosks, gate information display screens at every gate and two Crown Room Clubs.
“We’re tremendously excited to bring the Big Sky brand east and we’re looking forward to providing our new customers the safe, reliable and customer friendly service we’re known for out west,” said Fred deLeeuw, president – Big Sky Airlines. “We are looking forward to being a part of the Delta Connection program, one of the most well-respected regional partner programs in the industry.”
Today, Delta offers passengers the most flights to the most destinations from Boston compared to any domestic airline. With the December 2006 schedule, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer 90 daily departures to 31 nonstop destinations. As a member of the SkyTeam® global alliance, Delta offers Boston customers the ability to fly non-stop to key business and leisure destinations in Europe aboard SkyTeam partners Air France and Alitalia.
In the last year, Delta has added nonstop service to eight new markets from Boston, in addition to expanded service to Baltimore and Nashville. Delta is the No. 1 carrier in seat capacity at Boston and offers customers non-stop access to six Florida cities – Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach – in addition to an extensive schedule of flights to Delta’s hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City and transcontinental flights to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Big Sky Airlines currently serves 20 cities in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming and Illinois. Big Sky Airlines operates as a code sharing and frequent flier program partner with Alaska/Horizon Air, Northwest Airlines and US Airways, which allows customers the convenience of traveling with one ticket, through baggage checking and economical through fares to destinations throughout the world. Big Sky Transportation Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of MAIR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAIR).
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 303 destinations in 52 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 31 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 400 weekly flights to 56 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 459 worldwide destinations in 97 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
Travel for some itineraries may be provided by the Delta Connection carriers Comair and Chautauqua.