‘Go Electric’: Heathrow Welcomes 50th Electric Vehicle

Airport has the highest density of EV charging infrastructure in Europe

Heathrow Airport, December 7,2017: Heathrow has reached a key milestone in its pledge to ‘Go Electric’ with the delivery of the 50th electric vehicle to the airport’s fleet. This is a key step in Heathrow’s promise to make all of its cars and small vans electric or plug-in hybrid by 2020 to help improve air quality around the airport. The 50 electric vehicles reduce the airport’s fleet emissions by 165 tonnes CO2/year, equivalent to the amount of energy used by 18 homes annually.

This announcement comes as Heathrow celebrates receiving two awards for their fleet. The airport recently received the award for Ultra-Low Emission Infrastructure at the Energy Saving Trust’s 2017 Fleet Hero Awards. Heathrow won the accolade for the airport’s achievements growing the current charging infrastructure, which is now the site with the highest density of charging infrastructure in Europe. Heathrow’s has over 80 charging points available to passengers, colleagues and airside vehicles.

Since pledging to ‘Go Electric’, Heathrow has spent over £4 million in charging infrastructure, with a total of more than £5 million committed to be spent by the end of 2018. Heathrow is also actively working in collaboration with TfL (Transport for London) to install seven rapid charging points for black cabs before the end of 2017. These rapid charging points, some of the first in London, will support the Mayor’s requirements for all newly licensed black cabs to be either electric or plug in hybrid by  Jan 1, 2018. These chargers will be installed in Heathrow’s Taxi Feeder Park and will work over three times faster than the average charger.

This move, along with Heathrow’s efforts to provide new public transport options into the airport like Crossrail and a potential Western Rail access, will reduce emissions and congestion related to airport traffic, and set a bold direction towards a future of sustainable aviation.

Since committing to a new sustainability strategy, Heathrow 2.0, the airport has set out to establish itself as a world-leading airport in reducing emissions from all sources of activity, both on and off airport. Heathrow 2.0 is the airport’s plan for sustainable growth.  Heathrow 2.0 will allow the airport to expand to meet demand in a way that creates a positive impact on the community, environment and economy.

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Heathrow Moves to Improve Local Air Quality

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Over 6,000 employees will be offered incentives to drive low emission cars  

Heathrow, June 29, 2017: Speaking at the Policy Forum for London, Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director responsible for delivering expansion, announced further major steps forward in the airport’s plans to improve London’s air quality, as Heathrow gets on with delivering the third runway.

Heathrow Airport will launch a new program to incentivize its 6,000 direct employees to acquire a low emission car of their choice. Employees will be able to pay for the car through a monthly gross salary reduction, which will ensure they receive savings in income tax and national insurance, in return for their participation in the scheme. The program will also offer excellent discounts from car manufacturers for leasing low emission vehicles.

Emma also announced that Heathrow has invited Imperial College London Professor Helen ApSimon to chair the new Heathrow Air Quality Expert Review group.  This independent body will provide expert perspectives to ensure a third runway is delivered without compromising the UK’s ability to comply with legal air quality requirements. Prof ApSimon is a renowned authority on air quality, having served on the Airborne Particles Expert Group, the National Expert Group on Transboundary Air pollution, and the Air Quality Expert Group of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The announcements today support the goals of the Mayor of London’s new transport strategy to deliver a fairer, greener and more prosperous London by improving air quality, and working towards making London a zero-carbon city.

The new measures are part of Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s new sustainability strategy, which aims to make Heathrow a world leader in reducing emissions from all sources of activities, both on and off airport.

Speaking to delegates, Emma Gilthorpe said: “The new mayoral transport strategy sets environmental challenges that we need to meet – and we will. By working in partnership with others, by investing in technological innovation and by being prepared to take the lead sometimes, we can expand Heathrow in the right way. This is not – and must not be – a choice between the economy and the environment.”

Heathrow is targeting the real source of emissions, road vehicles, by working with partners to increase public transport options to the airport, and through initiatives – including those announced today – which will encourage the use of cleaner vehicles. New capacity at an expanded Heathrow will not be released unless it can be done without compromising the UK’s ability to comply with legal air quality requirements.

Heathrow is the UK’s largest international airport. Last year, 75.7 million passengers travelled to 194 destinations in 82 countries.

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Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director, said: “The new mayoral transport strategy sets environmental challenges that we need to meet – and we will… This is not – and must not be – a choice between the economy and the environment.”

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Heathrow: Record Passenger Numbers, Skytrax-Award and Support for a 3rd Runway  

Heathrow, January 11, 2017: Larger, quieter and more efficient aircraft continued to be a driver for growth in passenger volumes at Heathrow. In 2016, around 40% of Heathrow’s long haul passengers travelled on cleaner and quieter new generation aircraft, such as Airbus A380s, A350s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners – up from around 25% in 2015 and helping to improve sustainability and to reduce the airport’s impact on local communities.

At the same time Heathrow was named ‘Best Airport in Western Europe’ by its passengers at the annual Skytrax Global Airport AwardsIn 2016, Heathrow reported a record 76 million passengers (+1%) alongside 1.5 million tons of cargo (+3%) travelling through the UK’s leading hub.

Also in 20126, the Government announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow – the first full-length runway in the south east of the UK since the second world war.

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Heathrow Helps to Spur Growth in the UK

Airport cuts passenger charges on domestic trips by £10

Heathrow, December 31, 2016: Domestic passengers flying from Heathroware in line for over a £500 million windfall over the next 20 years after Heathrow cut passenger charges on domestic trips by £10 – the largest discount to its charges the airport has ever made.

The new domestic charge of £19.10/passenger is over a third cheaper than 2016 and fulfils a key pledge Heathrow made in its expansion manifesto to make the UK’s hub airport work harder for families and businesses  in every corner of Britain. Heathrow proposes that the discount lasts through to 2037, as long as it is in the public interest and there is a justification.

Efforts to rebalance growth across the UK will also get a boost from the new £10 discount which will make travel beyond London to the rest of the UK cheaper for more inbound tourists and investors.

Airlines are already responding to Heathrow’s cheaper domestic charges and from March, Flybe will start operations from Heathrow for the first time. Europe’s largest regional airline will add 40 new weekly flights to Edinburgh and Aberdeen in a move that will increase competition and choice for UK families and businesses. Heathrow’s move to discount domestic charges has the added benefit of reducing pressure on airlines operating existing domestic services by making their routes more commercially attractive.

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Heathrow Airport, British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on taxiway

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Qantas Set to Fly Non-stop Heathrow to Australia 

First regular passenger service to directly link Europe to Australia

December 12, 2016: Qantas is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate non-stop flights from Heathrow to Perth using the fuel-efficient  Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The 14,498-kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Europe to Australia when it begins in March 2018.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making flight would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade. “When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route between London and Australia in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.

This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Travelers from Europe have never had a direct link down under before, so the opportunities this opens for them to explore Australia are huge.”

Mr. Joyce said passenger comfort on the 17-hour flight was a key consideration. “When we designed the interior of our 787s, we wanted to make sure passengers would be comfortable on the extended missions the aircraft was capable of. That’s why we have features in our Economy seats that other airlines reserve for Premium Economy. And we’re redesigning our on-board service to help reduce jetlag.”

The enhanced Qantas cabin design is in addition to the comfort factors that Boeing built in to the Dreamliner – improved air quality, lower cabin noise and technology to reduce turbulence.  Mr. Joyce said the direct route is expected to appeal to European travelers who want a non-stop link to Australia and will see Australian travelers from across the country hub through Perth to London, boosting tourism in both directions.

Seats on the London-Perth flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

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Heathrow reveals team that will design the airport’s sustainable expansion 

Heathrow, December 1, 2016: Seven companies have been contracted by Heathrow to design plans for the airport’s sustainable expansion. They will help deliver one of the most leading-edge airport operations in the world.

The selected group of Companies – Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Quod – will now be known as the Integrated Design Team (IDT).

The seven organizations were chosen because of their experience in delivering projects of similar size, breadth and importance as an expanded Heathrow. Their appointment followed competitive selection processes and a thorough commercial review. The teams have each been awarded 4 year term contracts, commencing November 2016.

Each supplier is a world leader within their field and have unique insights into how to build Heathrow sustainably and affordably:

Amec Foster Wheeler will continue to assist Heathrow with its sustainability strategies and Environmental Impact Assessment, following successful work completed to date for the airport.

Arup will utilize their world leading engineering expertise as well as continuing to lead Heathrow’s passenger experience and baggage improvement programs.

Atkins was appointed because of its world class engineering capability and record of delivering Heathrow’s IT and asset replacement programs.

Grimshaw’s creativity and world class experience, including their successful delivery of Terminal 2B, earned them the role of Concept Architect within the IDT.

Jacobs will contribute its world-leading aviation infrastructure design expertise to provide airport planning and engineering services and build on the work it has already done with Heathrow.

Mott MacDonald’s industry-leading knowledge developing airport masterplans, as well as its significant engineering expertise will be a crucial addition to the IDT.

Quod will be a valuable asset to the IDT, as one of the UK’s leading town and country planning consultants with extensive knowledge on making successful DCO applications.

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Successful Noise Reduction at Heathrow Airport

‘Fly Quiet’ league table ranks 50 airlines on noise

Heathrow, November 15, 2016:  A new report released by Heathrow ranks British Airways’ short-haul fleet as the quietest flying to the west London airport. The latest Heathrow Fly Quiet league table also shows the impact of the airport’s policies incentivizing airlines to fly their cleanest and quietest aircraft to Heathrow as the number of super-quiet Airbus A350 flights doubled and Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights have risen by 19 per cent.

Qatar Airways last week became the third carrier to fly the super-quiet Airbus plane, which made its debut last year, joining Finnair and Ethiopian on the London route, increasing the daily number of A350 flights to six. The A350’s noise footprint is about 50% smaller than its predecessor models and is contributing to a better noise environment for local communities. Twenty-one of Heathrow’s airlines have ordered A350s.

Meanwhile, Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights increased from 6,300 to 7,500 over the three-month period to October.

British Airways short-haul – the airport’s biggest – is also the quietest fleet flying into Heathrow, with the UK’s flag carrier reporting exceptional performance thanks to noise-reducingenhancements to its fleet of Airbus A320 planes and operating procedures that take noise over the ground into consideration.

Singapore Airlines climbed 21 places to 19th thanks to its use of quieter aircraft and improved procedures.

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Due to the ‘Fly Quiet’ program super-quiet Airbus A350 flights doubled at Heathrow airport in Q3, 2016

Commenting on the report, Heathrow’s Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye said: “The Fly Quiet program helps airlines improve their noise performance and provides incentives for them to fly their newest, quietest aircraft to Heathrow, helping the airport be a better neighbor.  “We will continue to work with airlines and local communities to be a leader in sustainable aviation.”

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Heathrow:  “Garden Gate” planted and growing at  Terminal 3 

Heathrow, October 10, 2016: Passengers flying from Terminal 3, Gate 25, will now be treated to a garden of 1,680 plants. Heathrow’s new “Garden Gate,” installed by urban greening specialists Biotecture, will be trialled for the next 6 months. If the trial is a success, Heathrow will explore implementing Garden Gates across the airport.

Garden Gate

The Garden Gate is comprised of 7 panels,  1.8m high x 2.4m wide, each containing 240 plants. Each plant panel is fitted with a water reservoir and nutrient system which allows the wall to flourish for an extended period of time in an artificial environment. Advancements in LED technology enables indoor plant growth using less energy (e.g. more light and less heat).

The plant selection is largely based on early research conducted by Dr Bill Wolverton on behalf of NASA to prove that plants, namely the English Ivy and the Peace Lily, absorbed the air around them, translocated it to their roots, where organisms turned some air particles into food for the plant.

Heathrow’s new Garden Gate is its latest effort to make every journey better, following a record-breaking first half of 2016 which saw the highest passenger satisfaction scores to date. It will provide an eco-sanctuary within Britain’s busiest airport. Academic research points to a correlation between calm, comfort and relaxation and exposure to plants.

Emma Gilthorpe, Strategy Director at Heathrow says: “We are proud to have received our best ever passenger service scores to date this summer, but we are always keen to make our passengers’ journeys better.  With our new Garden Gate, our passengers can enjoy a natural sanctuary of rest and relaxation as they make their way through the airport, with 1,680 plants ready to see them on their way.”

On average, 287,274 passengers go through Gate 25, Terminal 3, every year.

Heathrow:  “Garden Gate” planted and growing at  Terminal 3

Transportation hubs are ideal locations for green infrastructure as shown at Heathrow airport

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Heathrow Airport: 50 New Noise Monitors 

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Second ‘Blueprint for Noise Reduction’ launched 

Heathrow, August 17, 2016: Heathrow Airport has begun the installation of fifty new noise monitors in local areas as well as upgrades to its existing monitoring network. The action, one of 10 practical steps set out in the latest version of Heathrow’s Blueprint for Noise Reduction published today, is the direct result of the airport’s engagement with resident groups through the Heathrow Community Noise Forum.

The new monitors will help the airport and residents to gain a better understanding of the impacts of noise in local areas, and will complement the modeling of the existing fixed and mobile monitors.

The data gathered will be shared publicly through the Heathrow noise website and the Heathrow Community Noise Forum.  In the future, Heathrow plans to use the monitoring system to provide real-time noise measurements to residents.

In its bid to encourage quieter aircraft, from January 2017 the airport will introduce lower landing charges to incentivize airlines to prioritize their quietest types of aircraft – known as Chapter 14 aircraft – to use the airport. The move will make Heathrow the first airport in the world to differentiate charges for aircraft like A350s. The anticipated move is already having an effect, with the first daily A350 XWB service – an aircraft which boasts the latest, top-of the range, ultra-quiet technology – having launched on Sunday by Ethiopian Airlines.

As a result of incentives and evolving technology, Heathrow is now quieter than it has been at any time since the 1970s, despite the doubling of aircraft movements. New data released today in the Heathrow’s Fly Quiet League table shows a 5.5% increase in the proportion of quieter, new generation aircraft – such as the A350 – being used at Heathrow compared with the same period last year.

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Heathrow on Track to Become Free of Noisiest Aircraft

Latest ‘Fly Quiet’ league shows increase in use of quieter aircraft types

Heathrow, June 21, 2016:  Virgin Atlantic’s replacement of its old 747-400’s with top of the range Boeing 787 have improved the airline’s noise record over January to March of this year, the latest ‘Fly Quiet League’ table shows.  Air Canada, Air India, British Airways and Qatar have also significantly increased their use of 787 Dreamliners on their Heathrow routes this past year. This has contributed to an overall 6% improvement in the total league table score tracking the use of quieter aircraft at Heathrow.

As this trend shows, Heathrow is on track to become the first large European airport to be completely free of “Chapter 3” aircraft,  the oldest and noisiest classification, due in part to the heavy fees airlines pay to land these planes at Heathrow. On average, airlines pay ten times more to fly Chapter 3 planes to Heathrow than they pay for the quietest aircraft, like the Dreamliner.

The last three months have also shown some improvement in airlines adhering to the noise preferential routes in the skies around Heathrow as set by Government –  or what is known as “track keeping”.  Air France and Aegean moved up 7 places because of their track keeping while SN Brussels’s track keeping has improved its score from “amber” ratings to “green.”

As some elements of the Fly Quiet league, for example CDA, are influenced by seasonal variables, comparisons between the same quarterly periods of year to year are particularly useful.

The eleventh Fly Quiet table rated the top 50 airlines operating at Heathrow (by number of flights per quarter) according to six noise related criteria. The airlines received a red/amber/green rating for each criterion, as well as an overall score that allows them to understand how they are performing in relation to other airlines.

 

Metrics of  the Fly Quiet League Table

Airlines were consulted on which metrics would be used to compile the Fly Quiet league table. Each metric will be assigned a “RAG” (Red, Amber, Green) status based on the performance bands set for that indicator. As a result operators towards the top of the table will typically have more ‘green scores’ than those towards the bottom. Because scores fluctuate within a band it is possible for an airline with all green scores to sit further down the table, than those with amber or red scores. Individual metric scores will not be published. The ratings are corrected for the number of flights flown by each airline so airlines with more flights are not penalized.

  1. Noise quota count/seat/movement:This is a relative noise “efficiency” metric which scores the noise efficiency of an operator’s fleet, recognizing that whilst larger aircraft tend to be noisier they also carry more passengers. It is calculated by dividing the sum of QC for arrivals and departures by the aggregate seat capacity and total movements by airline of those flights. This provides a balance between a QC/seat or QC/movement metric which will tend to overly bias long haul or short haul carriers respectively.

A ‘red’ score is awarded if the QC/seat/movement indicator exceeds 0.000022. An ‘amber’ score is awarded if the score is better than the minimum performance targets above but greater than 0.00001.

  1. Noise Certification:Each aircraft is required to have a noise certificate which can be used to determine its relative performance against ICAO noise performance targets (Chapter 3 and Chapter 4). This allows to recognize “best in class” and compare performance across different types. An average ‘per movement’ Chapter number value is calculated for each airline, which favors the airlines operating best-in-class, modern, quieter aircraft more frequently.

The minimum performance target in these metrics for the purpose of the Fly Quiet program is Chapter 4. If the average score of an airline’s fleet operated to and from Heathrow is less than the Chapter 4 equivalent a ‘red’ score is awarded. A ‘green’ score is awarded if the average noise certification score of an airline is better than the equivalent of Chapter 4 base charging category (see our Conditions of Use www.heathrowairport.com).

  1. Arrival Operations:Continuous Descent Approach (CDA violations). CDA involves aircraft maintaining a steady angle of approach when landing at the airport, as opposed to stepped approaches which involve prolonged periods of level flight. This reduces noise because it requires less engine thrust and keeps the aircraft higher for longer. By following a CDA on arrival, the noise on the ground can be reduced by up to 5dBA in areas away from the final approach paths. The purpose of the indicator is to capture the non-CDA arrivals and so potentially reduce the disturbance caused.

The minimum performance target for the CDA compliance is set for 55% for the Fly Quiet program. An airline achieving this but not exceeding 75% gets an ‘amber’ score; CDA compliance of 75% and more means a ‘green’ score is awarded.

  1. Departure Operations: Track deviations on departure (TK violations). Aircraft are required to stay within ‘noise preferential routes’ (NPRs) – 3km wide tracks in the sky, designated by the Government to route aircraft away from more densely populated areas as far as possible – until they reach 4000ft. The track deviations indicator is expressed as the proportion of departures that flew outside the NPRs below 4000ft. The purpose of the indicator is to capture the aircraft which operate outside of these boundaries and so potentially cause unexpected noise disturbance. Instances where this occurs for reasons outside of the airline’s control are excluded for the calculation.

The minimum performance target for the track keeping compliance is set for 85% for the Fly Quiet program. An airline achieving this standard but not exceeding 90% gets an ‘amber’ score; CDA compliance of 90% and more means a ‘green’ score is awarded.

  1. Night time Operations 1: Arrivals prior to 04:30. There is a voluntary arrangement that aircraft scheduled to land between 04:30 and 06:00 will not land prior to 04:30. This is a very sensitive time and issue for local community groups. The purpose of this indicator is to measure adherence to the operator schedules. It is measured as the number of flights arriving before 04:30 as a proportion of the total number of arrivals for the airline.

Green: no infringements, Red: one or more infringements

  1. Night time Operations 2: unscheduled arrivals prior to 06:00. Arrivals scheduled to land after 06:00 should not land before then unless there are dispensing circumstances (e.g. Low visibility conditions). This is also a very sensitive time and issue for local community groups. The purpose of this indicator is to measure adherence to the operator schedules. It is measured as the number of unscheduled flights arriving between 04:30 and 06:00 as a proportion of the total number of arrivals for the airline.

Green: no infringements, Red: one or more infringements

 

Some of the world’s toughest rules and regulations

As metrics 5 & 6 are limited in terms of the airlines they could affect but are nonetheless important issues for community stakeholders these have been weighted lower than the remaining 4 so as to not result in dramatic fluctuations in an airlines ranking. Instances where metrics 5 & 6 occur for reasons outside of the airline’s control are excluded for the calculation.

The set of indicators is designed to address the aims of the program whilst giving the operators the opportunity to improve their ranking by short-term (i.e. operational/tactical) or long-term (e.g. fleet planning) measures.

Heathrow has some of the world’s toughest rules and regulations on noise which has played a major role in driving developments in quieter aircraft technology. Limits and restrictions in force at Heathrow, and in particular those that apply to flights at night, promote the use of ‘best in class’ aircraft. These incentives have contributed to more of the quietest planes being used at Heathrow – on average the aircraft that airlines use are 15 per cent quieter than the total global fleets of those airlines.

Heathrow on Track to Become Free of Noisiest Aircraft

Virgin Atlantic’s replacement of its old 747-400’s with top of the range Boeing 787 have improved the airline’s noise record Photo: Heathrow Airport

For more information on Heathrow’s Blueprint for noise reduction please see: http://www.heathrow.com/noise/making-heathrow-quieter/our-noise-strategy/blueprint-for-noise-reduction

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