Qatar brings new quiet plane

qatar airwaysQatar Airways has brought its first A350 XWB aircraft to Heathrow to help the airport prepare for its eventual introduction.

Developments and improvements on the Airbus A350 XWB will allow it to operate up to 21 decibels below the regulatory standards for aircraft of its kind, as well as reducing its carbon emissions.

New, quieter aircraft such as the A350 XWB will help to ensure fewer local residents are affected by noise from Heathrow, say the Airport.

Heathrow say that, given the popular and competitive nature of Heathrow’s routes, airlines tend to use their newest and quietest aircraft at the airport. THey say the fleet mix is made up of over 18% more Chapter 4 aircraft, the quietest and newest aircraft, than the global fleet average.

Heathrow and Qatar Airways are coordinating on a long-term plan to provide quieter skies for people around the airport, as outlined in the airport’s Blueprint for noise reduction. Heathrow say this includes providing consistency around landing gear deployment, use of steeper approaches in trials and reducing late runners / early arrivals.

Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s Director of Sustainability says “Heathrow is proud to count on airline partners like Qatar Airways to use the quietest and most modern aircraft on our routes. We are committed to phasing-out the noisiest and oldest aircraft in the short-term, and ensuring that new aircraft like A350 XWB are taken up by all our airline partners in the long-term, to the benefit of local residents.”

In response to the feedback from local communities, Heathrow’s Blueprint for noise reduction outlines the airport’s ten-point plan to cut noise by Summer 2015. The first of these steps is a plan for an early phase out of Chapter 3, the oldest and noisiest planes, and exploring a stronger round of incentives like increases in landing charges for older aircraft.

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