Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Legend Airlines Gets off the Ground

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Legend Airlines Gets off the Ground

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DALLAS (AP) -- Legend Airlines' inaugural flight took off Wednesday from Love Field, capping a three-year legal battle to return long-haul flights to the Dallas airport for the first time in a quarter-century.

The DC-9, bound for Washington's Dulles airport, took off without a hitch at 9 a.m. The reconfigured plane, which has a capacity of 56 passengers versus 110 in a normal coach configuration, had 50 passengers on board.

"It has been a long time coming. It's something travelers have been screaming for," said Kim Plaskett, Legend's manager for marketing.

Legend bills itself as a luxury airline with coach ticket prices, offering leather seats with extra legroom, satellite television, fancy menus and other amenities. Round-trip tickets for Washington are comparable with other coach fares -- $224 for tickets bought three weeks in advance, $785 for last-minute purchases.

It was the first time since 1974 -- when the larger Dallas-Fort Worth airport opened -- that an airline had flown from Love Field to a city beyond Texas and seven nearby states. …

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