FORT WORTH, Texas - American Eagle Airlines is the winner of the first “Fly Quiet” Recognition Awards for category one airlines at Chicago O`Hare International Airport.
The award was given to American Eagle as the airline that contributed the most to achieving significant noise reductions during 2001. The Fly Quiet program began in 1997 and was enhanced in 2000 by the O`Hare Noise Compatibility Commission to include special departure procedures and preferential runway use to reduce noise over populated areas.
“American Eagle is pleased that our transition from turboprops to an all-jet fleet has made a positive impact on aircraft noise at O`Hare” said Trish Hollenrake, American Eagle`s vice president for Chicago. “We are enormously proud to win this award.”
The commission`s technical committee, chaired by Palatine, Ill., Mayor Rita Mullins, developed criteria for the recognition awards that allow the commission to compare and contrast the contributions of the airlines at O`Hare to the Fly Quiet Program. The criteria include number of Fly Quiet deviations, use of the ground run-up enclosure for jet testing, types of aircraft used during nighttime operations, participation in committee meetings and responsiveness to Fly Quiet-related communications.
The airlines were divided into two categories based on number of nighttime operations. American Eagle was honored in category one: more that 2,000 nighttime operations annually.
Representatives of American Eagle were presented the award during the O`Hare Noise Compatibility Commission meeting on Friday, June 7, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.