Air France KLM group wins Sustainability Award at Dubai Airports Excellence Awards
Source: WPR for Air France KLM group , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Thu April 25, 2019 1:40 pm

UAE. Air France KLM group was the winner of the Sustainability award for 2018 at the third annual Dubai Airports Excellence Awards held at Soho Beach Meydan, on 22 April 2019. The award, which was presented by Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths, was in recognition of the sustainability commitment of the group.

This award follows on from the previous two excellence award events, in which Air France KLM was recognised for ‘Partnership’ and ‘On-time Performance’ (2016) and ‘Innovation’ (2017). The Dubai Airports Excellence Awards 2018 were open to airlines, concessionaires and business partners, recognising contributions across six categories.
Commenting on the award success, Yeshwant Pawar, General Manager for the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Iran & Pakistan at Air France KLM, said: “The Air France KLM team is delighted to be recognised with an Excellence Award from Dubai Airports, for a third year running. Sustainability is now top of the agenda for the Air France KLM group and is firmly at the center of how we operate here, and the results of our commitment and innovation are being recognised. We are also pleased to be able to contribute to the extraordinary success and growth of Dubai Airports, and to its customer experience.”
Air France is committed to sustainable air travel and in January 2019, the airline launched in the UAE the new ‘Trip and Tree’ programme, allowing customers flying from the UAE to donate to tree-planting projects worldwide when buying their ticket. With Trip and Tree, Air France’s ambition is to create the first community of eco-travellers.

Air France is an air transport leader in terms of sustainable development, with an ambitious objective – to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. The new program also supports this objective - tree planting helps protect biodiversity, supports local populations, stores carbon, enriches the soil and replenishes water supplies.
KLM is also leading on sustainability and since 2008, KLM has had a Climate Action Plan in place with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions per passenger to 20% by 2020. The CO2Zero program introduced in response to customer demand enables passengers on all KLM flights to make their flights CO2 neutral, quickly and easily with a small contribution. Thanks to fuel efficiency, KLM CO2 emissions are low compared to those within the airline industry.
As a group, Air France KLM has been recognised for its efforts and has been the winner of the Dow Jones Sustainability award for 14 years in a row. Air France KLM was also nominated as a finalist in the recent inaugural Sustainable Business Innovation Award by Netherlands Business Council Dubai.
The 2019 Excellence Awards were presented by the CEO of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths, in celebration of the contributions to the airport experience made by commercial service partners and airlines, focusing on Customer Service, Operations, Innovation, Partnership, Sustainability and Pride and Dedication. Nominations were submitted from around the airport community for airlines and commercial partners over several months and a board of judges decided the final outcomes.
Speaking at the awards, CEO Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths said: “This evening is a celebration not only of business achievement, it is a celebration of partnership. Partnership is woven into everything we do. It helps us deliver on our promise to surprise, delight and engage our customers with products, services and experiences that they will remember while reflecting the city’s energy and culture. And we will continue to work closely with all of you to continue to deliver exceptional and memorable experiences for our mutual customers.”



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