19 JUNE 2017
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Airline emissions and night noise performance are now being tracked publicly for the first time in a quarterly league table under a new initiative from Heathrow as part of its plans to be a world-leader neighbourhood-friendly airport.
The 50 busiest airlines are being ranked on their work to reduce emissions and noise and the results published every three months in a “Fly Quiet and Clean” league table.
This is an expanded version of the Heathrow Fly Quiet programme, which has tracked airlines’ noise performance since 2013 and is credited by officials for incentivising airlines to use quieter aircraft types and operating procedures at the airport.
It adds two emissions-based criteria which score the type of engines used by aircraft (the ‘CAEP’ score) and the efficiencies of aircraft when it comes to NOx emissions per seat (the ‘NOx/seat’ score).
As part of efforts to reduce the number of aircraft operating at night, and to provide more predictable periods of noise respite for local residents, the table also includes tracking of unscheduled airline operations between 23:30 and 04:30.
The first Fly Quiet and Clean table, based on data from January – March, reveals British Airways’ short-haul, Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways as the cleanest and quietest fleets at the airport.
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