Document outlines the airline’s work on Environment, Health and Safety, Community and Sustainability
DOHA, Qatar, 2019-Jun-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways Group today (02 June 2019) published its Sustainability Report 18 (covering the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018), detailing its development and progress in this crucial area.
The report highlights the airlines’ many achievements, despite the backdrop of the illegal blockade imposed on the State of Qatar by some of its neighbours on 5 June 2017. During the reporting period, Qatar Airways became the first airline in the Middle East, and just the fifth worldwide, to secure accreditation to the highest level in the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Environmental Assessment programme, IEnvA. Alongside this, Hamad International Airport successfully renewed its certification to Level 3 of the Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our commitment to a sustainable aviation industry is more resolute than ever, and we are delighted to continue to fly the flag for environmentally efficient aviation and for the State of Qatar. I am very proud of our resilience during the blockade, demonstrated by our continued level of achievement during the reporting period.”
The Report revealed that, as a result of the illegal blockade, a number of sustainability indicators were affected. While the impact was temporary, and performance recovered during the second half of the year, the blockade contributed to a dip in the carbon efficiency both airline and airport, primarily resulting from longer routes caused by airspace restrictions, and an initial reduction in passenger numbers due to the loss of 18 regional destinations in the blockading countries.
In addition to providing a thorough review of environmental performance across Qatar Airways Group, the Report outlines the airlines’ economic and social contribution to the State of Qatar during the immediate aftermath of the illegal blockade. Qatar Airway’s commitment to its customers is also highlighted, alongside the airline’s belief in the cultural benefits that global air travel brings, documented through the airlines’ much-heralded ‘No Borders, Only Horizons’ campaign.
A new section in the report covers community development, with a focus on Qatar Airways’ continued backing of community projects, both domestically and across the globe, through charitable initiatives, such as Educate A Child, the Orbis Trust and the Shafallah Centre.
A section dedicated to Health and Safety, describes Qatar Airways’ unwavering approach to health and safety management, and the further development of its “Priority 1” safety culture. Highlights include Qatar Airways’ renewed certification to IATA’s Operational Safety Audit, the IATA Cabin Operations Safety Conference hosted in Doha, as well as the airlines’ many stakeholder engagement initiatives, such as Fire Safety Week.
To view the full Sustainability Report, please follow the link below to the Qatar Airways’ Environmental Awareness webpage, where a copy can be downloaded: https://www.qatarairways.com/en/about-qatar-airways/environmental-awareness.html
A multiple-award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The airline will add a number of new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia and Langkawi, Malaysia.
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About Qatar Airways:
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 160 business and leisure destinations on board a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways has been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, four times.
Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.
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 160 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, B777, 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 2022 World Cup, 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, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 16 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.
For further information, please contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200
Source: Qatar Airways