Air Canada's 2019 Sustainability Report Highlights Achievements

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Air Canada Airbus A220.

In its corporate sustainability report Citizens of the World, Air Canada outlines its progress in what it has designated as three fundamental pillars: business, people, planet.

The report lists a number of initiatives achieved in 2019 such as taking delivery of its new fuel-efficient Airbus A220, removing more than 38 million pieces of plastic from onboard service and deploying disaster relief aid for Hurricane Dorian in the Caribbean. 

"Despite the extreme challenges we are facing this year, sustainability remains a top priority for Air Canada. We believe that growth and prosperity should not come at the expense of sustainability and we are committed to operating our business responsibly and with integrity for the benefit of future generations," said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada.

"The 2019 Citizens of the World report is evidence of our strong global organization which we have worked so hard to build over the last 10 years. While our collective achievements of 2019 may feel distant under the current circumstances, they should be highlighted nonetheless."

Key achievements include:

Business

  • Ranked in the top 3% of airlines included in the IATA Operational Safety Audit; 
  • Important contributor to the travel and tourism sector worldwide, which represented approximately CA$102 billion in annual GDP and employed over 1.8 million people in Canada in 2019; 
  • In 2020, more than 30% of the members of the Board of Directors are women; 
  • Introduction of the Airbus A220, expected to average 20% less fuel consumption per seat and emit 20% less CO2.

People

  • Engaged workforce of close to 38,000 employees (in 2019); 
  • Was recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the fourth consecutive year, named one of Canada's Top 100 employers for the seventh consecutive year; 
  • Supported 315 registered charities through the Air Canada Foundation, with more than $2 million net raised for the communities we serve; 
  • More than 100 million miles donated by Aeroplan and its members for charitable purposes; 
  • Disaster relief aid deployed for Canadian floods and Hurricane Dorian.

Planet

  • Experienced a 19% improvement in fuel efficiency between 2009 and 2019; 
  • On target to meet the annual 1.5% fuel efficiency improvement by end of 2020; 
  • Progressed on work toward carbon-neutral growth in 2020 for international aviation (through CORSIA); 
  • Continued to support the development of lower-carbon Sustainable Aviation Fuels in Canada; 
  • Removed more than 38 million pieces of single-use plastic from onboard service (in 2019); 
  • Achieved the 2020 recycling efficiency target in 2019.

More details about Air Canada’s 2019 performance are available here.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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