In recognition for successful environmental management in all corporate areas, Lufthansa CityLine received the certificate of the European eco-audit regulations EMAS II for the second time in a row on April 14, 2003. At the same time, the airline was recertified according to the international eco-standard ISO 14001. These certificates cover all three company locations: Cologne, Munich and Hamburg. This makes Lufthansa CityLine the first airline worldwide to continue to hold both environmental certificates. CityLine has held this global top position since 1999.
“We`re committed to making air transport as environmentally compatible as possible,” is how CityLine Managing Director Karl-Heinz Köpfle explains his company`s philosophy. “To achieve this, we count on our own initiative and commitment rather than on competition-distorting state regulations, such as taxation of kerosene.”
In addition to yearly internal and external observation audits, the entire corporate environmental care system must be checked every three years at the latest by external auditors to obtain revalidation or recertification. An environmental report informs the public about CityLine`s environmental policies, goals and performance. “We`re pleased to be able to present our new Environmental Report just in time for today`s International Day of the Environment,” says Dr. Thomas Dräger, Managing Director of Lufthansa CityLine.
The audited environmental management system encompasses all functional areas at Lufthansa CityLineÊ—from engineering and administration to flight operations. Continuous improvement is the top priority here. In addition to the constant expansion of the CityLine fleet with new and thus environmentally more compatible aircraft, further reductions of noise and emissions are key environmental goals.
With an average aircraft age of 5.5 years, the CityLine fleet counts among the “youngsters” in Europe. CityLine also operates the quietest passenger aircraft available today: the Canadair Jets 100, 200 and 700 manufactured by Bombardier. The airline has been especially successful in achieving its environmental goal of continuously optimising its onboard loading, which saves both weight and fuel. “This adds up to a savings of about half a million euros every year,” says CityLine Environmental Commissioner Charles S. Hofer. “It goes to show that environmental protection makes senseÊ—both ecologically and economically.”