Planes today are significantly quieter than they were in past decades. New aircraft coming into service such as the Airbus A380 superjumbo and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are much quieter than the ones they are replacing.
As aircraft and engine technology improve and planes become quieter, Heathrow will work to ensure that residents continue to share in the benefits of quieter aircraft.
- providing a strong financial incentive for airlines to use the quietest planes currently available through the use of variable landing charges
- publishing a quarterly ‘Fly Quiet’ league table which benchmarks how quiet individual airline fleets are and how quietly they are flown. We have set minimum performance standards and we will continue to work with airlines to improve performance and to recognise excellence; and
- supporting the development of quieter aircraft through engaging with airlines and manufacturers in the UK and internationally.