The Port of Seattle recognized three airlines with its annual Fly Quiet Awards. The awards honor airlines for their efforts in noise reduction and abatement programs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for the year 2016.
Fly Quiet Bravo Award – Southwest Airlines
Awarded to the quietest airline among the top five carriers at Sea-Tac.
Southwest operates a modern fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft. This is their 1st Fly Quiet Award. Southwest maintains a busy daily schedule while operating with noise levels consistently lower than competing airlines and doing a remarkable job at flying the noise abatement procedures correctly.
Fly Quiet Award – Virgin America
Awarded to the quietest airline with at least 1,000 annual jet operations at Sea-Tac.
Virgin America operates a modern fleet of quiet Airbus A320 aircraft. This is 6th time Virgin has received a Fly Quiet Award.
Virgin continues to be recognized due to their combination of quiet operations and strong adherence to flight procedures and abatement measures.
Fly Quiet Regional Airline Award – Jazz Aviation
Awarded to the quietest regional airline with at least 360 annual jet operations at Sea-Tac.
Jazz Aviation operates the quiet Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). This is their 7th award overall, which is the most of any airline since the Fly Quiet Awards began in 2005.
Jazz Aviation’s successful track record is due in part to operating a fleet of quiet and modern regional jets that adhere to strict noise abatement efforts and near flawless flight procedures.
Additional Information on Fly Quiet Awards
The Fly Quiet Awards were established in 2005 by port staff and a citizen advisory committee to recognize airlines working to reduce the impacts of jet noise in the community.
The Fly Quiet Award criterion consists of three categories:
- Percentage of compliance with Sea-Tac’s Noise Abatement flight procedures/flight paths
- Overall noise levels of the airline’s operations (utilizing four of the Port’s 24 permanent noise monitors)
- Compliance with Sea-Tac’s engine maintenance/testing procedures and run-up restrictions