Ryanair's fleet of 'Gamechanger' aircraft cutting noise at Stansted Airport
Ryanair's 'Gamechanger' aircraft is hitting new heights for noise reduction and environmental performance at Stansted Airport.
The hub's flight evaluation unit has revealed that one year after its introduction, the plane is more than 40% quieter than other jets operated by the budget carrier.
During take-off, the Boeing 737-8200 aircraft – which Ryanair began operating on select routes at Stansted in June 2021 – registered an average noise level of 70.43 decibels (dB) compared to 73.82 dB for a 737-800. This 3.4db decrease means acoustic energy is reduced by over 40%.
It uses 16% less fuel, reducing passenger carbon dioxide (CO2) footprints, and is 93% quieter per seat than the 737-200 Ryanair used in the 1990s.
With 197 seats, it has 4% more seats than the previous generation of aircraft, which will help to enable sustainable growth at the airport without increasing overall flight numbers.
Duncan Smith, Stansted's flight evaluation unit manager, said: "As Ryanair accounts for approximately 75% of all take-offs and landings at London Stansted, these new aircraft will help us to accommodate growth at the airport while limiting the number of people affected by noise."
Ryanair's director of sustainability, Thomas Fowler, said: "As Europe's greenest, cleanest major airline, our $22bn investment in these Boeing 737-8200 'Gamechanger' aircraft goes a long way in supporting Ryanair to fly more sustainably.
"As London Stansted's biggest airline operator, we are delighted to offer our customers the most fuel-efficient aircraft when taking a flight to one of over 150 destinations across Europe.
"Not only will the delivery of this new aircraft technology revolutionise the sustainability of the Ryanair fleet over the next five years, but it will also deliver a 50% increase in our annual passenger traffic to 225 million a year by 2026."