An El Al Boeing 777 aircraft is seen at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.
(photo credit: NIR ELIAS/REUTERS/IDF SPOKESMAN)
London's Heathrow airport announced Friday that the dirtiest and noisiest airline to fly out of the transportation hub is Israel's El Al, according to The Jewish Chronicle.
In an attempt to cut down on pollution and improve its environmental impact, Heathrow commissioned a report to rank airlines based on their efforts to reduce emissions and noise.
The results, published in the Fly Quiet and Clean League Table, saw the the Israeli airline ranked last out of the 50 busiest flying companies.
According to The Jewish Chronicle
, this is the first time that the environmental impact of airlines has been publicly tracked in this way.
The airlines were ranked based on seven different categories including noise, nitrogen oxides emissions, efficiency of landing and whether they arrived late or early. Those categories were then listed with green (pass), amber (average), or red (fail) marks.
While almost half the airlines (24) were given at a red mark in one of the seven categories, EL Al had the ignoble distinction of earning five.
The next worst airlines were Kuwait Airways (49), Middle East Airlines (48), Pakistan International Airlines (47) and Oman Air (46), The Jewish Chronicle
The findings, based on data collected on flights from January to March, showed British Airways, Ireland's Aer Lingus, and the UAE's Etihad Airways ranked at the top.
In response to the news, El Al’s managing director For North Europe and Africa Oranit Beithalahmy said in a statement: “As from 2019 all the EL AL 747-400 aircrafts – which are considered to be the most noisy ones – will be leaving service."
“This week EL AL has launched the new Dreamliner aircrafts that will start to operate as from August and will replace the 747-400. Those aircrafts are recognized as being quieter and environmental friendly.”