The best of air­lines, the worst of air­lines


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THE lat­est air­line noise rank­ings have re­vealed Dream­lin­ers are at­trib­uted to a new low record for noise cre­ated by planes at Heathrow.

The “Fly Quiet and Clean” re­port for April to June showed a fleet of car­ri­ers im­proved scores in the league ta­ble.

Cam­paign­ers have praised the ta­bles as a step in the right di­rec­tion, but point out res­i­dents are still af­fected by noise from planes.

The lat­est re­sults de­liv­ered a noise mile­stone as it was the first month with­out the old­est gen­er­a­tion, and nois­i­est, “Chap­ter 3” air­craft op­er­at­ing at the air­port.

Air In­dia scaled up the ranks by 37 places to land it­self in fifth po­si­tion this year, in part be­cause of its use of Boe­ing 787s at the west Lon­don air­port.

The air­craft pro­duces 20% to 25% fewer C02 emis­sions and has a smaller noise ef­fect than the air­planes it re­places.

The air­line’s im­proved score has been at­trib­uted to its “track keep­ing”, which is the abil­ity to ad­here to the gov­ern­ment-set noise pref­er­en­tial routes in the skies around Heathrow.

The re­port ranked 50 of the busiest air­lines op­er­at­ing from Heathrow based on seven noise and emis­sion met­rics.

Other air­lines which im­proved on the board in­cluded Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, jump­ing up 21 places to rank 12, and Lufthansa, Aus­trian Air­lines, SN Brus­sels which are all up by more than 10 places com­pared to last quar­ter.

The league re­port shows air­lines are op­er­at­ing cleaner, qui­eter planes on Heathrow routes with Dream­lin­ers now the fastest grow­ing air­craft type at the air­port.

Data re­vealed more than 700 ad­di­tional flights were made on this air­craft in June 2017 com­pared to last year.

The phase out of the nois­i­est air­craft is part of Heathrow’s ‘Noise Blueprint’, and from this year charges in­creased ten-fold for air­lines that want to land these type of planes.

Heathrow said it will con­tinue to work with all air­lines, par­tic­u­larly those at the bot­tom of the league, to im­prove their scores.

Matt Gor­man, Heathrow di­rec­tor of sus­tain­abil­ity, said: “Heathrow air­lines con­tinue to bring the best of their fleet to our air­port – a trend which not only de­liv­ers ben­e­fits for our pas­sen­gers, but also makes our skies qui­eter and cleaner.

“Up­grad­ing air­craft is the sin­gle best way to cut emis­sions, and to con­tinue to shrink our noise foot­print.

“We are pleased to see our ef­forts, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing our charges for nois­ier air­craft this year, are yield­ing re­sults and we hope to con­tinue the trend seen this month so our pas­sen­gers and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit from Heathrow’s newer, cleaner fleets.”

John Ste­wart, chair­man of cam­paign group HACAN (Heathrow As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­trol of Air­craft Noise), said: “Planes can still be very noisy for peo­ple liv­ing un­der flight paths but these ta­bles are a use­ful step in the right di­rec­tion.”

Dream­lin­ers steer the way for record low noise lev­els at Heathrow Air­port – the Fly Clean and Quiet Re­port for April to June this year has just been re­leased

Low­er­ing the drone – a Vir­gin At­lantic Dream­liner

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