Qatar Airways Group recently made its Sustainability Report 18 public.
The report, which was for the period of April 2017 to March 2018, shed light on the carrier’s numerous achievements, which included its accreditation of the highest level in the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Environmental Assessment programme, while also reporting on Hamad International Airport’s (HIA) renewed certification to Level 3 of the Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker declared: “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 Sustainability Report 18 highlighted that due to the blockade in 2017, a number of sustainability indicators were affected temporarily, but performance recovered in the second half of the year. The blockade contributed to a dip in the carbon efficiency of both the airline and HIA, which was a result of longer routes due to airspace restrictions, as well as a reduction in passenger numbers due to the loss of 18 regional destinations.
The report also outlined Qatar Airways’ economic and social contribution to Qatar during the immediate aftermath of the blockade and its commitment to its customers, as well as its belief in the cultural benefits that global air travel brings, documented through the airlines’ much-heralded ‘No Borders, Only Horizons’ campaign.
The report features a new section that covers community development, which highlights Qatar Airways’ dedication to community projects, both domestically and across the globe, through charitable initiatives such as ‘Educate A Child’, the ‘Orbis Trust’ and the ‘Shafallah Centre’.
Meanwhile, a section dedicated to Health and Safety reports 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 airline’s many stakeholder engagement initiatives, such as Fire Safety Week.