Heathrow Airport Shames El Al as Dirtiest and Noisiest Airline

London hub is producing quarterly list in effort to 'shame' airliners into using more efficient planes

An El Al Airlines aircraft at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv.
An El Al Airlines aircraft at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

El Al has been named as the worst airliner for cleanliness and noise in a new list compiled by Heathrow Airport.

Israel’s national carrier was placed last in a list of the 50 largest airlines that fly in and out of the West London airport, which is the world’s third-largest.

The Fly Quiet and Clean League table has been created in an effort to shame airliners into upping their game and using more efficient planes at Heathrow. It will be published every three months. The first results were based on flights between January and March of this year.

The Daily Mail reported that Heathrow analyzed the airlines on seven measures, including whether they were early or late, efficient landing approaches, noise and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Nearly half the 50 airlines failed at least one of the measures, but none quite so spectacularly as El Al. It received red “fail” marks in five of the seven categories and only one green “pass” mark By comparison, the airline that topped the chart, British Airways, received six green “passes.”

The five worst-performing airlines after El Al were Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Omar Air and Jet Airways.

At the other end of the table, British Airways was followed by Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways, Scandinavian Airlines System, Finnair and American Airlines.

British Airways planes at Heathrow's Terminal 5.
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El Al operates two flights a day from Heathrow to Tel Aviv, usually employing the modern Boeing 777 for its afternoon flight and the older Boeing 737 for night flights.

In May, the airliner announced a net loss of $30 million for the first quarter of 2017. This was based on operating revenues of $418, which was a growth of 5.3 percent on the same quarter in 2016.