The new league table ranks Flybe first in noise and emissions performance at Heathrow from October to December - up from its debut place of 29th in its first league ranking of mid-2017. Less than a year into its operations at the airport, Flybe has worked particularly well with Heathrow to increase its use of Continuous Descent Approaches into Heathrow, which reduces noise by requiring less engine thrust and keeping aircraft higher for longer. Flybe pilots have also been more successful in adhering to Government-set departure Noise Preferential Routes (NPRs), referred to in the league table as “track keeping.”
Cooperation with Heathrow’s noise technical teams also led to marked improvements in track keeping for other carriers. Cathay Pacific, for example, is up 11 places this quarter and now has a perfect score in that metric; Oman Air climbed 15 places due to its nearly perfect (99%) score.
Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said:
“The latest ‘Fly Quiet and Clean’ results show the great progress that Heathrow’s airlines have made to help us be a better neighbour. Last year we announced our intention of halving the number of late running flights over 5 years – I hope that the 30% reduction in the first year alone will give confidence that we say what we will do and we do what we say.”
Information on the Fly Quiet and Green programme, along with the current table and previous rankings can be found here: