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Withdrawal of loud plane makes life quieter near Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

Delta has been shifting the MD-80s to other hubs.

Life has been quieter for those living on the flightpath into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport these past few months.

The reason? Because Delta has been reducing the number of services in and out of the Twin Cities flown by the MD-80 aircraft series.

The single-aisle craft designed by McDonnell-Douglas comprised just 385 – less than 1 percent – of the flights that flew through MSP in the first two months of 2018, according to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).

But they were responsible for more than 20 percent of "noise events" greater than 90 decibels recorded by MAC's noise-monitoring systems.

This is still a huge improvement for residents in the flightpath compared to last April, when MD-80s were used for more than 1,600 journeys through MSP.

Since the beginning of 2018, Delta has started relocating its MD-80 planes to its hub in Atlanta – and hasn't flown any in or out of MSP this month.

MD-80 flights

MAC notes that the engines used to power MD-80s were first designed in the 1960s.

But now airlines have started phasing out older aircraft in favor of those with newer, quieter and more fuel efficient engines, such as the Boeing 717 and 737, and the Airbus A321.

The other major airline to use the MD-80 at MSP, American Airlines, continues to do so for now, but has announced that it will phase out the aircraft by next year.

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