Delta operates roughly 270 daily departures from its LaGuardia hub on a mix of mainline and regional aircraft to more than 50 destinations across North America. And yesterday Delta stopped flying MD-88 aircraft on a scheduled basis at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The airline will instead fly with newer, quieter, and more efficient Airbus A320 family aircraft, Boeing 737s and a limited number of MD-90 mainline aircraft.
Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s Vice President – New York said, “Delta flights on quieter, more efficient and larger aircraft are good for the community and will also support NextGen initiatives around more fuel-efficient.
Later this year, Delta service between Atlanta and LaGuardia will fly on larger-gauge Airbus A320s and Boeing 737-900ERs, which feature all-new, modern interiors with large, sculpted overhead bins and, on the Boeing 737-900ER, seat-back in-flight entertainment, GPS routes in New York airspace, the most congested in the world.”
“Delta’s decision to begin using quieter, more modern aircraft at LaGuardia Airport is a win-win for travelers and the airport’s surrounding communities,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), whose district includes LaGuardia Airport. “It is a move that is not just about improving the quality of the traveling experience but also about improving the quality of life for New Yorkers on the ground. While airplanes can never be truly silent, we can work to make them less disruptive to the families who live nearby and I applaud Delta for taking steps toward that goal.”
“Airplane noise is a major concern for many Queens residents, but also one that has proven difficult to solve,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “That’s why we appreciate Delta’s effort to help quiet the skies around LaGuardia Airport by updating its fleet of airplanes. We are pleased with this important investment and thank Delta for being a solid community partner.”
Delta expects to take delivery of more than 50 new aircraft this year, including Boeing 737-900ERs, Airbus A321s, A330-300s and the Airbus A350, the airline’s international flagship. In 2018, Delta is scheduled to take delivery of the Bombardier CS100. All aircraft feature state-of-the-art efficiency and engine decibel performance. Delta will redeploy MD-88 flying at its other U.S. hubs.