Flybe named most eco-friendly and quietest airline

The budget carrier scored the highest marks in emissions, efficiency and noise in Heathrow’s quarterly ranking

Devon-based carrier Flybe was named the greenest and quietest airline operating out of Heathrow.

Heathrow airport name Flybe the quietest and most eco-friendly airline carrier — Leeds Fotografica / Shutterstock
Heathrow airport name Flybe the quietest and most eco-friendly airline carrier — Leeds Fotografica / Shutterstock

The London airport compared 50 airlines in its quarterly eco-league table that evaluates the levels of emissions, noise and overall efficiency.   

From a maximum of 1,000 points in the ‘Fly Quiet and Green’ table, Flybe scored 930, leaving Air Lingus with 924 points and British Airways with 920 closely behind in second and third places.

“We are naturally delighted to have topped the rankings at Heathrow as the best operator in noise and emissions performance, especially so early on in our operations there,” the company’s chief operating officer, Luke Farajallah, said.

“Flybe acknowledges and takes seriously its environmental responsibilities. It is central to what we do.

“As one of Heathrow’s smaller operators, we are obviously very proud to have outperformed most of the biggest and best airlines in the world.”

The least eco-friendly and the noisiest airlines according to the ranking, on the other hand, are Kuwait Airways scoring 421 points, Turkish Airlines short haul with 425 points, and Turkish Airlines long-haul gaining 468 points.

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye commented on the table: “The latest Fly Quiet and Green 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 five years – I hope that the 30 per cent reduction in the first year alone will give confidence that we say what we will do and we do what we say.”

You can find the table comparing the eco-friendliness and noisiness of the 50 busiest airlines at Heathrow here.