For the first time in its history, Bloomington-Normal’s Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) is being added to the route map of a legacy carrier.
Delta Air Lines flight 1782, an Airbus A-319 operating from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to CIRA, is scheduled to arrive at 9:19 this evening. Check this link at Flightaware.com for updates.
What do I mean by a “legacy” carrier? According to Wikipedia, it is:
“…an airline that had established interstate routes by the time of the route liberalization which was permitted by the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 and was thus directly affected by that act.”
Only four are left: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways. The last one did not exist before the Airline Deregulation Act, but traces its roots to Local Service Airlines Allegheny and Piedmont (Pacific Southwest Airlines and post-deregulation upstart America West Airlines were part of the mix as well). The US Airways name replaced “USAir” in early 1997.
Delta Air Lines flight 1268 is scheduled to depart CIRA for Atlanta at 6:00 Sunday morning. Delta will begin a second daily roundtrip on June 10. Both replace existing flights operated by smaller regional jets.
Check back here for updates. I’m thinking of blogging from CIRA this evening.
UPDATE: Delta’s first arrival at CIRA is due at 9:35pm. The flight monitors say it is on time.
UPDATE X2: Here’s a photo taken at 9:27pm this evening (16 minutes ago!). I’m watching the many deplaned passengers waiting to retrieve their luggage. I will upload video either late tonight or tomorrow.
UPDATE X3: Check out this video taken Saturday evening. First are ten second scenes of two jets already at CIRA when I arrived. This is followed by about two minutes of video showing Delta Air Lines Flight 1782 taxi to terminal gate.
- David P. Jordan