London’s Heathrow Airport released a ranking of airlines operating at the airport according to their noise levels in an effort to encourage the carriers to use less noisy aircraft.
In the first ever such Fly Quiet league table covering the July to September 2013 period, British Airways (short-haul) was ranked as the quietest airline operating out of Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red being at second place.
American Airlines (4th), United (7th) and Delta (8th) were among the top 10 quietest airlines. South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, Thai, El Al and LOT Polish were the five noisiest airlines.
About 80 percent of the listed airlines met Heathrow’s minimum requirements on noise.
Every 3 months, the airport will release the Fly Quiet table listing the top 50 airlines at the airport according to six noise related criteria.
The airlines will receive a red/amber/green rating for each criterion as well as an overall rating. The airport will also work will the worst performers to help them improve their ratings.
Heathrow has one of the world’s toughest rules and regulations on aircraft noise.