Delta Latest to Cancel Flights

Following American's shutdown, voluntary inspections ground older planes
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2008 9:52 AM CDT
Delta Latest to Cancel Flights
American Airlines MD-80 planes are seen parked at Washington's Reagan National Airport, March 27, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Delta Airlines canceled dozens of flights today and tomorrow after voluntarily grounding 133 of its older jets for inspections, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. As with American Airlines, Delta is checking wiring on some McDonnell-Douglas jets to ensure compliance with FAA directives. "It's an inconvenience," one traveler said, "but I'd rather be on a safe airplane."

Delta is working through its McDonnell-Douglas MD-88s and MD-90s, narrow-bodied jets that make up 30% of the airline’s domestic fleet. Delta wouldn’t say how many flights were canceled overall, but at its main hub in Atlanta, 28 departures and 61 arrivals have been nixed through noon. Inspections should be finished by Saturday, but some planes could be out of commission longer. (More Delta Air Lines stories.)

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