10 SEPTEMBER 2018
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Good news on the noise front as more airlines modernise their fleets to incorporate newer, quieter aircraft led Heathrow last week to claim it was on track for a “greener” year with more than one in five aircraft ‘Chapter 14 Low’ – the quietest available.
The airport based its predictions on results from its latest Fly Quiet and Green quarterly league table – ranking its 50 busiest airlines based on their performance between April and June.
Leading the charge for the quarter was Turkish Airlines, which is the latest to modernise its fleet to include more Boeing B777s. The Turkish carrier has moved into 17th place on the league table, up 25 spots from last quarter.
Improved ability to fly within the specified departure routes known as ‘noise preferential routes’ (NPRs) has also helped improve the position.
Scandinavian Airlines has been knocked off the top spot by Aer Lingus, which has moved up three places from last quarter. The Scandinavian carrier now sits in second place, followed closely by British Airways (short-haul) in third.
Heathrow said all three carriers had shown a clear upward trend in their use of the quieter arrivals procedure Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) and better adherence to the NPRs.
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