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Regional airline begins jet service from Tupelo airport

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TUPELO, Miss. — A regional airline has begun flying jets between a northeast Mississippi airport and Nashville, Tennessee.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Contour Airlines began jet service Monday from Tupelo Regional Airport.

The new plane serving the airport is an Embraer ERJ-135, a twin-engine jet with 30 seats. It replaces a twin-engine turboprop with 19 seats.

The airline will provide 18 weekly flights to and from Tupelo. That’s down from 30 flights now, but capacity will increase because the jet has more seats.

The larger plane offers a flight attendant, snacks and a bathroom.

Among passengers on the first jet flight Monday was U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly. The Tupelo Republican says he’s a frequent Contour flyer.

Last year, Contour carried the most passengers out of Tupelo of any airline since 2009.

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