Delta Air Lines' new Airbus A220 jets have finally taken off, the carrier's latest offensive in the battle for business travelers. Delta is the first U.S. operator to offer the roomier, fuel-efficient planes.
The first flights of the single-aisle, twin-engine planes took off Tuesday morning from New York's LaGuardia Airport with one flight to Boston and another to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
"We're looking forward to a modern regional jet," said Clayton Wagar, a 47-year-old software salesman based in Atlanta who flew to New York just to fly on the plane's first flight to Boston. He said he and other aviation enthusiasts dubbed some of the smaller, older and more cramped regional jets "Satan's chariot."