Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline to set itself ‘robust’ noise targets through a peer-reviewed Noise Management Strategy.
The airline has made five pledges in a new manifesto with the overall aim to cut its noise energy per flight by 75% by 2020.
Virgin Atlantic has already reduced its noise energy per aircraft by two thirds since its launch in 1984.
“The challenge for us all in the aviation community is how we can play our part in minimising aircraft noise output, whilst continuing to deliver the social and economic benefits that air travel provides – both to local communities and the UK as a whole,” said the airline’s chief executive Craig Kreeger.
“’Our Noise Management Strategy illustrates how aviation growth is not incompatible with noise reduction. In the coming years, despite an increase in traffic, we will continue to make demonstrable reductions in noise from our aircraft and Sustainable Aviation’s Noise Roadmap shows that noise from UK aviation will not increase in proportion to the projected growth in air traffic.”