18 MARCH 2019
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Growing use of new-generation aircraft and adjusted flying techniques has led to a reshuffle in the Heathrow league table for eco-friendly operation, with Oman Air landing first place in the latest “Fly Quiet and Green” ratings.
The table covers the fourth quarter of 2018, with the airport noting the Boeing B787 Dreamliner operator airline’s achievement is due to its use of ‘Continuous Descent Approach’ which helps to reduce fuel burn and minimise noise.
A Heathrow official said: “This achievement builds on the strides made in the previous quarter, which saw Oman Air jumping 26 places after phasing out its older aircraft and replacing them with the ultra-quiet and green B787."
In addition to the public rankings, Heathrow encourages new technology through environmental pricing incentives, which reduce landing charges for airlines operating their greenest and quietest aircraft at the airport.
The top environmental performers such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350s now make up more than a tenth of aircraft at Heathrow.
Other airlines in the league table included British Airways short-haul, which jumped to second place. SAS was third after introducing Airbus A320neos while Icelandair was most improved airline, leaping 40 places to 11th.
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