New Airline Flying Soon to Wilmington

DECEMBER 26, 2005 -- An airline that would give real meaning to the Port City's Wilmington International Airport could take off around Easter.

The airline called Fly First Class hopes to start direct flights from Wilmington to Bermuda and London in April once final government permission is secured. The chief executive officer of the Florida-based startup airline says the only thing left is the final signatures to get Fly First Class into the air. CEO Darrell Richardson says the airline expects to announce ticket prices and start accepting reservations next month.

The twice-weekly service would operate from Wilmington on Fridays and Sundays bound for London's Stanstead Airport. Fly First Class hopes to attract business and high-end tourism travelers.

The carrier plans to operate a Boeing 767 on the flight with only 90 seats in three classes. The two-engine jet normally seats about 220 passengers.

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