Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is facing $987,500 in civil penalties for allegedly operating two airplanes that were not compliant with government regulations, according to a news release. The Federal Aviation Administration claims Delta failed to repair a chip in the nose cone of a Boeing 737-800. The carrier is also accused of operating an Airbus A320 on 884 flights with a broken dome light in the cockpit.
The Business Journal reports Delta issued the following statement:
"The safety and security of our customers and crew is Delta's highest core value. At no time was either of these aircraft operating in an unsafe manner. Once Delta verified the concerns of the FAA, Delta initiated immediate and necessary actions to ensure that the aircraft were in full compliance with the regulatory requirements."
Meanwhile, the Star Tribune writes Delta Air Lines has completed a $3.5 million renovation of its control center at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Delta is the dominant carrier of the Twin Cities after it acquired Northwest in 2008.