Delta to Retire MD-88 Aircraft Out of LaGuardia to Lower Noise Levels at Airport

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 March 2017
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On final approach to LaGuardia

On final approach to LaGuardia

Delta Air Lines said Thursday that it is no longer using MD-88 aircraft at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, citing noise levels of older aircraft and their poor fuel efficiency as the primary reasons for the action.

Noise from overhead planes is a “major concern” for local residents, according to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

Going forward, the carrier is using quieter and more fuel-efficient aircraft such as Airbus A320s, Boeing 737s, and MD-90s.

“Delta flights on quieter, more efficient and larger aircraft are good for the community,” said Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s vice president for the New York area.

The Atlanta-based airline previously operated approximately 30 flights daily using MD-88s.

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