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Emirates Recognised As a ‘Quiet’ Community Member

24 August 2012

Emirates Recognised As a ‘Quiet’ Community Member

Emirates has been honoured for demonstrating significant efforts in reducing aircraft noise impacts in the communities surrounding San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

“Over the past year, the Emirates Flight Operations team has met with SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office (SFO ANAO) staff numerous times in an effort to improve their performance and the results are definitely above and beyond mere programme participation,” said Jeffrey Gee, Roundtable Chair of the SFO ‘Fly Quiet’ Programme. “Emirates has worked diligently with the SFO ANAO to improve its overall Fly Quiet scores and hence we are pleased to present the airline with our prestigious Jon C. Long Fly Quiet annual ‘Chairperson’s Award.’”

Conscious of flying a ‘heavy’ aircraft on the ultra-long haul route between Dubai and San Francisco – the Boeing 777-300 Extended Range - Emirates was determined to limit noise emissions and achieve overall operational excellence. Emirates Flight Operations and SFO joined together to analyse hundreds of flights to determine actual aircraft climb profiles, the use of certain standard instrument departures and wind gradient encounters, all major causes of noise, in order to identify the best flight paths and minimise noise impacts.

“Reducing our noise impact from our aircraft is a great example of how Emirates can benefit the communities we serve,” said Captain Alan Stealey, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Flight Operations.

Both the modern Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ERs that Emirates operates in New Zealand have quieter, more fuel-efficient engines than many other aircraft.

More information about Emirates’ environmental performance and operational initiatives can be found in its 2011-12 Environment Report at


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