AA operated 762's on the route. The noise issue didn't force them out though. STN then was dead, going back to 1996 I can remember for two hours in the early afternoon some days there were no movements at all. Today things are very different. There have been noisy protests made in certain quarters lead by one Mr Mead, I shall not tell you about my personal experiences of him though.
The new CO route has got good media coverage, including a nearly half page story near the frontof the Financial Times. Analysts seem to think about 8 routes to the US are sustainable out if STN in the current climate. STN is growing by about 25% a year and with people like Bill Gates pumping in huge money to the surrounds, $200 million announced today, doesn't look like that'll be slowing anytime soon.