El Al Ranked Dirtiest and Noisiest Airline at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport has named the noisiest and dirtiest airlines with the Middle Eastern planes coming last while British Airways' short haul fleet is the cleanest.

For the first time, the busiest in Europe, has said almost half of airlines are violating at least one of the targets designed to improve their performance. Its list, called the Fly Quiet and Clean League Table, will be published every three months in a bid to try and get airlines to use more efficient planes at the airport.

Israel’s national carrier came last in the list of 50 global airlines created by analysts at Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe. El Al failed to receive satisfactory scores in five out of seven categories on which Heathrow assessed the airlines. Those included arrival times, efficient landing approaches, nitrogen oxide emissions, and noise pollution.

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The other airlines in the bottom six were mostly made up of carriers from the Middle East. Just ahead of El Al are Kuwait Airways, followed by Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Jet Airways and Pakistan International Airlines, ranking upward from worst.

El Al flies out of Heathrow Airport twice a day to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. It typically uses Boeing jets for its flights, the 777 in the day and the 737 model at night, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

While its environmental standards are not the envy of its competitors, its security measures are. El Al passengers are interviewed before even stepping on board any plane heading to Israel. It also has two plainclothes, armed sky marshals. They sit among the passengers on board every flight. All of its pilots served in the Israeli Air Force. So while the planes’ environment might not be up to standards, the airline ensures its security is.