Germany’s Federal Minister for the Environment Jürgen Trittin and the President of the Chamber of Public Accountants, Hubert Graf von Treuberg, today honored Lufthansa CityLine for reporting its environmental care activities in a transparent and comprehensive manner. The jury was persuaded by the airline’s data gathering methodology and concise way of presenting key environmental figures. It rated data quality and clarity of information as particularly positive.
“We are very pleased that our pro-active environmental care efforts are noted and honored,” said Dr. Thomas Dräger, Managing Director of Lufthansa CityLine, receiving the prize. “This honor will motivate the entire CityLine team to search for new ways of making our services even more environmentally friendly in the future. The ambitious goals we have set for ourselves and continuous investment in state-of-the-art aircraft mean that we operate one of the world’s quietest and most modern fleets.”
Lufthansa CityLine’s current fleet of 81 jets has an average age of about 6 years and thus counts among the “youngsters” in European regional air transport. All CityLine aircraft fly significantly more quietly than the current noise limits set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In addition, the CityLine fleet already fulfils the new, more stringent ICAO noise limits, set to go into effect in 2006.
Consistent measures for noise reduction are only one element in the mosaic of CityLine’s environmental strategy. Furthermore, last year the company’s operations in Cologne, Munich and Hamburg were recertified according to the international environmental standard ISO 14001 and revalidated in accordance with the European eco-audit regu-lations EMAS II, in both cases for the second time. In respect to environmental standards, Lufthansa CityLine has held a leading position in worldwide aviation since 1999.
The Environmental Report covers all corporate areas of Lufthansa CityLine - from Technical, Flight and Ground Operations to Finance and Commercial Administration. The regional carrier’s prime environmental goals are to reduce noise and emissions. Its guiding principle is to improve environmental performance on a continuous basis.