With hardly a trace of the publicity and protests that marked its beginning seven months ago, wide-body jet service came to an end at Burbank Airport last weekend, at least for the time being.
Airport officials announced Monday that United Airlines has substituted a smaller, quieter plane for the Boeing 767s that have flown daily between Burbank and Chicago since May 1.
On Saturday, United began using Boeing 737-300s on the flights from Chicago that arrive in the evening and return the next morning. On Dec. 15, the airline had made the same substitution in another Chicago flight, which arrives and departs each afternoon.
Introduction of the 767, the largest commercial jetliner to fly into Burbank Airport, prompted homeowner protests over aircraft noise.
It also moved the Federal Aviation Administration to increase pressure for compliance with its longstanding demands for safety improvements at the 57-year-old airport, where the terminal building and aircraft parking areas are closer to runways than federal regulations now allow.