Oman Air turns down the noise and ramps up its green credential at Heathrow
Oman Air’s investment in modernizing its Heathrow fleet has paid off – with the airline making an impressive leap forward in the airport’s latest “Fly Quiet and Green” results. Oman Air is now second to Polish carrier LOT, in the airport’s quarterly ranking of airlines’ environmental performance.
The latest “Fly Quiet and Green” league table, which ranked the top 50 busiest airlines at Heathrow on seven noise and emission metrics from July to September 2018, shows airlines continuing to invest in the modernization of their fleets. Over the last quarter, Oman Air has phased out the use of its older A330s on its Heathrow routes for Boeing 787s Dreamliners – amongst the quietest and most environmentally friendly aircraft on the market today. As a result, the airline has jumped up an astounding 26 places over the last quarter – showing the impact technology can have on airline’s environmental performance.
LOT Polish Airlines, which operate a new Boeing 737 MAX on their Heathrow services to Warsaw, has continuously worked with Heathrow’s operational team to find ways to improve its operations. LOT’s persistence has paid off, with the latest results crowning the airline pole position in environmental performance this quarter.
Honorable mentions this quarter also go to Aer Lingus, an airline that has consistently proven itself amongst the quietest and greenest at Heathrow – placing amongst the top three rankings in all but two Fly Quiet and Green league tables. Air Malta has also performed well this quarter, jumping up 11 ranks to 11th place, following improved use of the quieter “Continuous Descent Approach” into the airport and greater adherence to the Government set noise-preferential routes.
Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s Director of Sustainability, said:
“Our airline partners continue to impress us with their commitment to reduce their noise and emissions impacts. This quarter, Oman Air has completely transformed their Heathrow operations with their new top-of-the-range Dreamliner fleet. This investment is a win-win- win as it benefits their passengers, the environment and our local communities – and shows how being a responsible, environmentally-conscious company can also be good for business.”
Kelpesh Patel, Oman Air Country Manager UK, said:
“It is a great achievement to see Oman Air make such a marked improvement in Heathrow Airport’s Fly Quiet & Green’ league table. As an airline we have significantly invested in modernizing our fleet launching our Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s on our double daily London Heathrow service. The aircraft is quieter and more efficient helping us to operate a route that emphasizes our commitment not only to Heathrow Airport but also to improving our environmental footprint.”