New Delta pilot contract approved, smaller jets on way out

A new contract approved by Delta Air Line pilots Friday will prompt a major shift in the airline uses smaller jets. The deal will allow the Atlanta-based Delta -- which maintains a hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport -- to phase out 50-seat regional jets more quickly and fly more 76-seat jets.
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A new contract approved by Delta Air Line pilots Friday will prompt a major shift in the airline uses smaller jets. The deal will allow the Atlanta-based Delta -- which maintains a hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport -- to phase out 50-seat regional jets more quickly and fly more 76-seat jets.

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