MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Transat, world's first
certified green airline in 2011, has reached another milestone. The
airline is the first in the world to have achieved the second level
Minimization award in the Fly-360-Green Certification Program, a
benchmark for high performing airlines / aircraft operators.
"We are especially proud to have obtained this certification because it
recognizes the efforts that we have made to improve our environmental
performance in every area of our airline through initiatives such as
greenhouse gas reduction, energy and water conservation, recycling and
social responsibility" said Jean-Francois Lemay, General Manager of Air
Transat. "It was the hard work and dedication of our employees that
enabled us to attain this high standard and we will continue to improve
so that we maintain our role as an industry leader."
Developed by the World Green Aviation Council (WorldGAC),
Fly-360-Green is a point based performance rating system where points
are earned for business attributes considered environmentally
beneficial in 8 key areas: Engineering, Ground Operations, Flight
Planning/Dispatch, Flight Operations, Greening on Board, Corporate
Environmental Practices, Corporate Policies, Strategic
Planning. Airlines and aircraft operators can qualify for one of the
four certification levels: Participation, Minimization, Efficiency, and
Fly-360-Green differs from other rating systems in that it has
quantified most of the "green credits". This ensures airlines are
environmentally compatible, retain high quality standards, and are
financially sound. The World Green Aviation Council, apart from
fostering the international standard for sustainable aviation by
addressing aviation's absolute emissions, is the third-party
administrator of the Fly-360-Green certification program.
WorldGAC performs technical reviews and verification
of Fly-360-Green registered projects to determine if they meet the
standards set forth in the Fly-360-Green rating system. Dedicated
technical experts ensure Fly-360-Green certification meets the highest
levels of quality and integrity.
About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it
carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25
countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company
employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of
Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more
than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50
SOURCE: Transat A.T. Inc.