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Start date for OneJet's Pittsburgh-to-Providence flights delayed

| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
A OneJet plane arrives at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
A OneJet plane arrives at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Small business jet operator OneJet has postponed the start date of its Providence, R.I., flights by about two months — from Aug. 23 to Oct. 25 — according to OneJet CEO Matthew Maguire.

The later start date worked better for the pilots' training schedule, Maguire said.

“The reality of the industry is that pilots come and go,” Maguire said.

Tickets go on sale Friday.

The startup airline, which caters to business travelers on its seven-seat jets, plans two flights to and from Providence each weekday.

The airline plans to announce service to three new destinations that are not currently served nonstop from Pittsburgh International Airport in late October or November, Maguire said.

Maguire declined to identify the new destinations, but said they will be within an 800-mile radius of Pittsburgh and don't currently have nonstop service.

Some cities that meet that criteria include: Memphis, Tenn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Rochester, N.Y.: Birmingham, Ala.; and Charleston, S.C.

OneJet has received $3 million in county and state grants and loans — the largest incentive the airport has awarded to an airline. In exchange, the airline agreed to base its operations in Pittsburgh and announce flights to 10 destinations by the end of this year.

Providence is the seventh destination announced under the agreement.

In May 2016, OneJet had two flights a day to and from Pittsburgh, Maguire said. When Providence is added, the carrier will have 36 flights a day to and from Pittsburgh,

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, tclift@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tclift.

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