Three airlines were honored by the Port of Seattle Commission today as winners of the 2012 Fly Quiet Awards for their efforts in 2011 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Alaska, Virgin America and SkyWest Airlines were honored for their strong commitment to noise reduction.
These awards highlight what can be accomplished when an airport and airline work together on noise reduction.
Fly Quiet Bravo Award – Alaska Airlines
Awarded to the quietest airline among the top five carriers at Sea-Tac.
Alaska has replaced their older MD80s with newer Boeing 737s, creating a quieter fleet of aircraft. Alaska has also been a key partner with the Port and the FAA to pioneer the Greener Skies Initiative which is developing quieter and more fuel efficient approaches set to be implemented by 2013.
Fly Quiet Award – Virgin America
Awarded to the quietest airline among all other carriers at Sea-Tac.
Virgin America has a full fleet of newer Airbus A320 and A319 aircraft and consistently excels in adhering to noise abatement flight procedures.
Fly Quiet Regional Airline Award – SkyWest Airlines
Awarded to the quietest airline among all regional carriers at Sea-Tac.
SkyWest wins for the third year in a row and is a prime example of airline commitment to noise reduction. The very quiet fleet of Canadair Regional Jets (CRJs) benefit their score as well as excellence in adhering to Sea-Tac flight procedures.
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The Fly Quiet incentive program was designed to honor airlines that work to reduce the impacts of jet noise on the region. Evaluations include measuring each airline on its compliance with noise abatement flight paths, overall noise level of its operations and compliance for testing engines on the ground.