July 15, 2008
Jets Winging Way to Waco in September, Just Not As Often
By Cindy V. Culp, Waco Tribune-Herald, Texas
Jul. 15--Jet service will be zooming into Waco Regional Airport on Sept. 3, American Eagle officials announced Monday, and the number of flights in and out of Waco will start dropping.At first, only one trip per day -- Flight 3375 arriving from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at 3:00 p.m. and departing as Flight 3374 at 4:10 p.m. -- will be jet service. Saab turboprops also will fly back and forth four times a day, down from the six round trips Eagle planes fly now.
Starting Oct. 2, all flights between Waco and DFW -- four flights daily each way -- will use the Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets.
But since the jets have 50 seats and the current Saab turboprops can carry only 30 passengers, there will be an overall gain in capacity.
"I am very pleased with the (new) schedule," said Richard Howell, city of Waco aviation director. "It leaves very little dwell time in Dallas."
Howell estimated that the jet flights will shave five to 10 minutes off the average 25 minutes the turboprop planes take to reach Dallas.
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