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|Inaugural Commercial Jet Flights: Atlanta to North Eleuthera, Exuma (Delta)|
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|Posted by:||Jun 18th 2007, 07:31:42 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||Inaugural Delta flights to Family Isles
By INDERIA SAUNDERS, Guardian Staff Reporter
For the first time in history, two Delta Air Line flights carrying a full load of 50 passengers landed on the islands of Exuma and North Eleuthera on Saturday, launching its new non-stop route to the islands from Atlanta, Georgia.
As of last weekend, persons wanting to travel from Exuma and Eleuthera to the southern US city, and vice-versa, can easily do so because of Delta's new direct route that officially commenced on June 16.
On Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, Delta will be supporting flights to and from North Eleuthera, and to and from Georgetown, Exuma on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the US' most spacious, state-of-the-art airport facilities.
Residents from Harbour Island, The Bluff and other surrounding North Eleuthera neighborhoods came out in droves to welcome Delta's first passengers who disembarked from the historic flight to the music of a local marching band, said one eyewitness.
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Member of Parliament for North Eleuthera , Alvin Smith, told The Guardian yesterday that he looked forward to great things coming from the new route.
"I expect them to do well flying directly," Smith said. "The jet service coming into the island is a good initiative."
At the same time that Branville McCartney, the Minister of State for Tourism and Aviation, made welcome remarks at the flight inauguration in North Eleuthera , the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Neko Grant, gave a similar address to welcome the start of the non-stop jet service. The two and a half hour flights will be operated by Delta's connection carrier Atlantic South East Airlines, the latest edition in the largest international expansion in the airline's history.
"The Bahamas has been a preferred vacation spot for many years and we are thrilled to add Exuma and Eleuthera as the latest convenient flight options from out of the Atlanta hub," said Delta's Vice-President of Marketing, Joanne Smith, in a statement on the company's web site. "These flights compliement our existing service to Nassau from Tallahassee, Cincinnati, New York and Orlando, and to Freeport and Grand Bahama island from Atlanta. The flights reaffirm our commitment to be a leading carrier to The Bahamas."
The flight inauguration comes just after Delta received the Cacique award for 2006 airline of the year.
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