Delta confirms new jet plan

Carrier to fly Salt Lake route; United schedule still not certain

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— Delta Airlines has confirmed its service between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Salt Lake City, Utah, in the fall.

Janet Fischer, airline program director for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said the daily flights will be on a 50-passenger CRJ5.

The service will begin Sept. 9 and continue into the first weeks of ski season before giving way to twice-daily flights between the Yampa Valley and Salt Lake on 70-passenger CRJ7 jets for the rest of the winter. The changeover takes place Dec. 16.

The fall service from Salt Lake will depart from Utah at 11:10 a.m. and arrive here at 12:21 p.m. The jet will turn around at 1:10 p.m. to make a scheduled 2:22 p.m. landing in Salt Lake.

Delta is the newsmaker this year for the valley's air service. In addition to the increased frequency from Salt Lake in ski season, the airline has agreed to increase its service from Atlanta from a Saturday-only flight on a 757 jet to daily flights on a 150-passenger Boeing 737-800.

Steamboat's summer service includes multiple daily flights between Denver and YVRA on 37-passenger Dash 8 turboprops flown by Mesa Airlines as United Express. In addition, there will be a daily 50-passenger jet from Houston on Continental Airlines.

Fischer advised resort business operators to check frequently with Steamboat Central Reservation or United.com this summer to confirm the schedule for Denver flights.

"The United Express flights may come in at different times on certain days," Fischer wrote in a memo. "Some Saturday and Sunday flights have different times, and some have three flights instead of four."

The Continental flight will depart Houston at 5:55 p.m. for a scheduled arrival here at 7:39 p.m. The aircraft will stay overnight at YVRA for an 8:30 a.m. departure to Houston. Arrival is scheduled at 12:10 p.m. Service begins June 8.

-- To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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