Delta grounds noisy fleet of aircraft
by Shane Miller
Mar 02, 2017 | 2910 views | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An MD-88 on the runway at Laguardia.
An MD-88 on the runway at Laguardia.
Delta Airlines announced that it will phase out the use of its MD-88 fleet of aircraft at LaGuardia Airport.

Instead, a mix of quieter aircraft will take over the approximately 30 daily departures of MD-88 aircraft from the airport. Delta operates roughly 270 departures out of LaGuardia daily.

Phasing out the noisier MD-88 aircraft has been one of the demands of advocates focused on noise in communities surrounding LaGuardia, especially since a new takeoff pattern was implemented in 2012 that sent planes deeper into residential areas.

“The voices of the communities have finally been heard above the roar of the MD88s,” said Susan Carroll, a resident of Flushing and member of the New York Community Aviation Roundtable. “These old, loud and fuel-inefficient planes, which have generated over 90 decibels on takeoff, have no place in a densely populated area like New York City.”

Delta discontinued use of the MD-88 on March 2.

“Delta’s move will have a positive impact on airplane noise over our borough, and it will make a difference to those who reside near the airport,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng, who until last month co-chaired the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus. “I look forward to building on this switch to quieter aircraft and working with airline officials to further mitigate airplane noise.”
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