London's Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, has published what will be a quarterly Fly Quiet and Clean League Table, ranking airlines that land there for noise and pollution. The ranking includes various criteria, such as noise level (relative to size of aircraft), emissions, and efficiency of landing approach. The new league table is an expanded version of the Heathrow Fly Quiet program, which has tracked airlines’ noise performance since 2013
In the short-haul table, British Airways was ranked quietest and cleanest, followed by Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways.
The long-haul table is headed by South African Airlines, Alitalia and Gulf Air (British Airways is nineteenth). Fiftieth and last place in this table is taken by none other than El Al Israel Airlines, which received a red (lowest) status for five of the seven measures analyzed.
Above El Al are Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, and Pakistan International Airlines. Turkish Airlines, popular with Israeli travelers, is ranked forty-fourth.
Heathrow said that almost half of the airlines were violating at least one of the targets in the ranking, which is designed to improve their performance.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news -www.globes-online.com - on June 15, 2017
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