Delta to Upgrade MD-88 and MD-90 Fleet With Enhanced Navigation and Flight
Improvements designed to take advantage of NextGen opportunities will reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and noise footprint in half and improve operational
efficiencies and reliabilities
ATLANTA, April 3, 2013
ATLANTA, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will outfit
its fleet of 182 MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft as well as several flight simulators
with standardized, state-of-the-art glass cockpits and GPS navigation that
will improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact and position the airline
to take advantage of procedural improvements outlined in the Federal Aviation
Administration's Next Generation Air Transportation System.
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The enhanced avionics suite, developed by Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ISSC), will allow the aircraft to fly shorter flight paths and take
advantage of continuous-descent, Required Navigation Performance (RNAV)
approaches to reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and noise levels — a
primary objective of NextGen. The addition of GPS capabilities as well as the
incorporation of Data Link and ADS-B will allow pilots to fly safer as the
three systems aid flight crews in identifying nearby air traffic, weather and
terrain on flat panel displays in the cockpit.
Due to the lighter weight of the new equipment, Delta will see an immediate
improvement in fuel economy while long-lasting benefits from the new flight
decks include reductions in CO emissions by 80 million pounds annually and
a 50 percent decrease in the aircraft noise footprint once NextGen procedures
are fully implemented. The standardized flight decks will improve situational
awareness for flight crews and are expected to increase operational
flexibility, simplify maintenance and improve dispatch and on-time
"In addition to deploying technology enhancements, Delta continues to work
closely with the FAA as it advances NextGen procedures — many of which are
being developed at key hub airports," said Steve Dickson, Delta's senior vice
president-Flight Operations. "Delta continues to invest in NextGen and looks
forward to the FAA's continued progress in systemwide implementation of these
improvements, especially at these key hubs, which promise to deliver real
savings as well as safety and efficiency enhancements.
"The cockpit upgrades also build on Delta's commitment to give our flight
crews the advanced technology tools they need to perform their job safely and
efficiently for our customers."
Installation of the enhanced flight deck technology across the MD-88 and MD-90
fleet is slated to begin in early 2014 and will be completed by IS&S
technicians at Delta TechOps facilities. The process is expected to take
approximately two years.
"We are delighted Delta has chosen Innovative Solutions and Support to upgrade
its MD-88/-90 fleet," said Shahram Askarpour, president – Innovative Solutions
& Support. "The equipment provides cost-effective solutions for upgrading
legacy avionics platforms with state-of-the-art technology and brings NextGen
capabilities to mature air-transport aircraft."
Delta continues to enhance technology across its fleet — including updates to
nearly all Airbus and Boeing aircraft — aimed at taking advantage of the
performance and efficiency improvements that will be realized once the FAA
fully implements the NextGen system.
Significant reductions in environmental impact, both in noise and emissions,
as a result of these improvements, are part of Delta's continued social
responsibility efforts. The airline has improved overall fuel-efficiency by an
average of 1.7 percent from 2009 to 2012, exceeding goals set by the
International Air Transportation Association. Since 2005, Delta has reduced
its annual aircraft greenhouse gas emissions by 8.4 million metric tons, an
18.5 percent reduction.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was
named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013
World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the
second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and
the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59
countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly
80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700
aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and
participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air
France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta
offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam,
Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New
York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and
Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities
and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer
experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available
on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.
About Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.
(www.innovative-ss.com) is a systems integrator that designs and manufactures
flight guidance and cockpit display systems for Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEM's) and retrofit applications. The company supplies
integrated Flight Management Systems (FMS) and advanced GPS receivers for
precision low carbon footprint navigation.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines
Contact: Delta Corporate Communications, 404-715-2554
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