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A380 Wins 'Prestigious' UK Award

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Noise Abatement Society Award Recognizes Aircraft For Reduced Noise

The UK’s national noise reduction charity, the Noise Abatement Society, presented the Airbus A380 with one of its top award at their annual award ceremony Tuesday night ... recognizing the aircraft for its reduced noise signature around airport communities.

There will be 10 daily A380 flights to Heathrow by the end of the year, which has the strictest noise regulations of any airport worldwide and is the benchmark on which noise measurement for aircraft is based.

At a special event held at the House of Commons in London, the Society presented Airbus with the John Connell Silent Approach Award for the A380 and its innovations in quiet technology. Presented by Sir Bob Russell MP, the award recognizes local authorities, industry, organisations and individuals judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to reduce the impact of noise nuisance, or seeking to pioneer practical and innovative solutions to noise pollution and the enhancement and management of the soundscape.

“The NAS was immensely impressed with the reduced external noise emissions of the A380 compared to typical equivalent aircraft and with its quiet and peaceful interior acoustics," said Lisa Lavia, Managing Director of the Noise Abatement Society. This proves that with commitment and engineering excellence noise pollution need not be the inevitable by-product of progress. And that traditionally noisy operations and equipment can be made quieter for the benefit of all.”

“The A380 has been in service with airlines for over five years and is the quietest long-haul aircraft for the foreseeable future - generating only half the noise on departure of some other large long haul aircraft and up to four times less noise on landing while carrying 40% more passengers," said John Roberts, Airbus in the UK A380 Chief Engineer. "The A380 is also recognized as having made a step change in passenger comfort by the huge reduction of noise levels within the cabin, making long haul flying a more enjoyable experience."

Typically seating 525 passengers in three classes, the aircraft is capable of flying 8,500 nautical miles non-stop. To date, Airbus has recorded 257 firm orders for the A380 from 20 customers.

(A380 stock photo provided by Airbus)

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