Delta to update cockpit avionics in MD-88 and MD-90 fleet

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Delta Air Lines will install common glass cockpit technology across its McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 fleet from 2014.

The enhanced avionics suite from Innovative Solutions & Support will allow the aircraft to take advantage of the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) NextGen air traffic control system when it becomes operational and perform required navigation performance (RNAV) approaches, according to the Atlanta-based carrier. The technology will also standardise the cockpits across its MD-88 and MD-90 fleets.

The technology will also reduce the weight of the aircraft.

"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," says Steve Dickson, senior vice-president of flight operations at Delta, in a statement.

The airline anticipates installation to take two years.

Delta has 182 MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft in its fleet.