Air Canada Ranks in Top 3% in IATA Safety Audit

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Air Canada released its corporate sustainability report, highlighting the airline’s progress in key areas of sustainability. The report include the Air Canada‘s achievements in 2019 and some 2020 updates related to the airline’s sustainability pillars.

“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.”

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Air Canada unveiled updates related to its three new sustainability pillars – business, people, planet. Photo: Air Canada

Air Canada’s Achievements in the Areas of Sustainability


  • 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 CAN$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.


  • 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.
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  • 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 (SAF) 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.
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Air-Canada-Boeing-787-Dreamliner Photo: Air Canada

“This pandemic has had a significant impact on our employees, customers, communities, and other stakeholders. Throughout our history, even when the news is bad, we have remained committed to balancing the interests of our stakeholders while ensuring the survival and sustainability of our company. I genuinely believe our strong culture and engagement during this pandemic will serve us well for years to come.” said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada.

“At a time when our world is seeking solutions to sustainability issues, including global warming, we remain committed to doing our part to reduce our environmental footprint by “leaving less and doing more”. Our operational improvements focus on producing less carbon, using less energy, and creating less waste and noise – to reduce our impact and leave less of an environmental footprint.”

“Over time, we have worked together with our employees, customers and communities and have developed a series of environmental initiatives, such as the ocean clean-up efforts we accomplished in 2019 in Tampa, Florida and Richmond, British Columbia through a partnership with 4Ocean. This partnership was applauded and earned us recognition as a Top 100 CSR Leader by World Biz Magazine.”

“We believe that growth and prosperity should not come at the expense of sustainability and we are committed to operating our business responsiblyand with integrity for the benefit of future generations.”

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2019 served over 51 million customers. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. 


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