Delayed flight will get to Boston in time for World Series game, US Airways says

jmarusak@charlotteobserver.comOctober 30, 2013 

Lifelong Boston Red Sox fan Sheri Jessell fretted as she waited for her Boston-bound plane to board at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

US Airways Flight 1770 was scheduled to depart at 2:19 p.m. and arrive at Logan International Airport at 4:05 p.m. – plenty of time for Jessell, her 16-year-old son and others to get to tonight’s World Series game at Fenway Park.

Her boss had bought her four tickets to the game. If the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, they will clinch their first World Series title in front the home fans for the first time since 1918. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Jessell, 53, hoped to be at the park in time to see the teams take batting practice, but passengers soon learned the flight would be delayed for maintenance on the plane – something that’s not uncommon for airlines. Scheduled departure was bumped to 2:40 p.m., then 3:30 p.m.

Time was ticking away, and passengers were growing more concerned, she said.

Would they even make it to the game? Jessell worried in a call to the Observer.

But as she talked over the phone with a reporter, passengers began to line up to board the plane. It was 3:40 p.m., and the flight was now set to depart at 4:22 p.m.

“We swapped planes,” US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr said. “We’re going to get the folks there by 6 p.m.”

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