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New Regional Jets Arrive for Midway Service

Posted December 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The first of ten new regional jets arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday. It's a big deal for the airline because the jets are the hottest new way to get passengers from point A to Point B.

They're called Canadair RJ's, short for regional jets. They're made by Bombardier, Inc., a company out of Montreal. Each plane seats 50 and has enough fuel to travel roughly 1,100 miles, giving airlines a lot more options over prop-planes.

Travel agent Darlene Spull says the new aircraft will open the doors to non-stop service in markets not served otherwise.

Com Air of Cincinnati was the first airline to try out the RJ. Now everyone is jumping aboard. In fact, Midway has an option to buy another 20 planes. Bombardier reportedly has a total of 298 orders for the 50 and 70 seat versions of the RJ.

The jet has a price tag of approximately $18 million dollars. That's not chump change. Midway has had to work hard to raise the money for the planes. The company recently sold its stock to the public, raising tens of millions of dollars.