The first Qatar Airways´ A350 has visited this weekend London Heathrow airport, with a special access visit and demonstration flight for some guests on Monday 12/Jan/2015.
Developments and improvements on functionalities on the A350 XWB will allow it to operate up to 16 decibels below the regulatory standards for aircraft of its kind, as well as reducing its carbon emissions.
There is a national consultation concerning the expansion of the airport and these tests are used by Heathrow to ask for the support to that expansion;
“New, quieter aircraft such as the A350 will help to ensure fewer local residents are affected by noise from Heathrow. Given the popular and competitive nature of Heathrow’s routes, airlines tend to use their newest and quietest aircraft at the airport. In fact, Heathrow’s fleet mix is made up of over 18% more Chapter 4 aircraft, the quietest and newest aircraft, than the global fleet average.”