DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Dec-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways today announced its accreditation to the highest level of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Environmental Assessment programme (IEnvA). Exceeding its deadline set in March 2016, Qatar Airways is the first airline in the Middle East, and the fifth worldwide, to achieve IEnvA Stage 2.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, was presented with the IEnvA Stage 2 certificate by Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of IATA, during H.E. Mr. Al Baker’s inaugural meeting as the new Chair-Elect of IATA’s Board of Governors in Geneva on 01 December 2017.
On accepting the certificate, H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “I am proud to receive this acknowledgment of our success in developing and embedding a comprehensive environmental management system in the year we celebrate our twentieth anniversary. Looking back over the last two decades, we have transformed from an emerging regional airline to a world leader in aviation. As we continue to build our global network, we remain committed to dedicating the leadership and resources needed to meet our vision for environmental sustainability.
“Our continued involvement in IATA’s environmental programmes positions Qatar Airways at the forefront in establishing a sustainable aviation industry.”
Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We offer our congratulations to Qatar Airways for successfully completing Stage 2 of IATA’s environmental assessment program, and our thanks to them for their continuing leadership in environmental performance. IEnvA accreditation is independently assessed and aligned with internationally recognised standards, and the voluntary commitment of Qatar Airways and other airlines to the IEnvA program is further evidence of the airline sector’s determination to meet and exceed the highest environmental standards.”
Through its environmental management system, Qatar Airways has implemented a range of initiatives to improve environmental performance. This includes Qatar Airways’ systematic approach to aviation fuel efficiency, which focuses on weight reduction, route optimisation, and aircraft performance. This initiative has delivered savings which include 1,800 tonnes fuel (5,600 tonnes CO2) through optimising potable water upload, and 4,800 tonnes fuel (15,300 tonnes CO2) by reducing the use of engines while taxing on arrival at Hamad International Airport.
Further, the environmental management system has reinforced business processes to improve how the airline engages its suppliers. In particular, it has launched a new Sustainable Procurement Charter and promotes the use of sustainably-sourced items within its award winning in-flight catering.
A central part of Qatar Airways’ Environmental Management System involves providing its employees with the skills to deliver effective environmental management on a day-to-day basis. During 2016, in partnership with the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), Qatar Airways launched a leading-edge environmental competency matrix to set skill requirements for every employee and incorporated environmental responsibilities into the job descriptions of all airline employees globally. Qatar Airways is now developing innovative environmental training packages, including interactive and engaging e-learning modules, which will engage its workforce in environmental management and contribute to business resilience.
Qatar Airways has been an active member of IATA’s Environment Committee since 2009. This policy group of appointed airline representatives focuses on aviation industry solutions for environmental challenges, including climate change, illegal transportation of endangered wildlife, cabin waste, alternative fuels and social responsibility. Qatar Airways has recently accepted the nomination to Chair IATA’s Environmental Assessment Oversight Council – the body which provides governance over the IEnvA programme Standards Manual on behalf of its members.
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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including St. Petersburg, Russia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Canberra, Australia and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named ‘Airline of the Year’ by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves more than 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747-8 freighter.
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