American Airlines Tops List Of U.S. Airlines In Newsweek's 2012 Green Rankings
FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 5, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AMR Corporation, the parent
company of American Airlines, Inc., today announced its ranking as one of the
top companies recognized in Newsweek's annual environmental list of the 500
largest publicly traded companies in the United States. For the third
consecutive year, AMR received the best ranking among U.S. airlines and the
second best performance in the transportation and logistics category.
"Being honored in the Newsweek Green Rankings is a direct result of the
passion and dedication of our people to making American Airlines a better
steward of the environment," said David Campbell, American's Vice President –
Safety, Security and Environmental. "Reducing our carbon footprint is a core
commitment that our people take very seriously, and this is reflected through
our many successful environmental programs."
American was also recognized for its environmental reporting. ^ This category
evaluates the adequacy, completeness and quality of company sustainability
reporting, and includes measurement and disclosure of environmental impacts
and involvement in key transparency initiatives.
In collaboration with leading environmental research organizations, Newsweek
annually evaluates the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. by
size according to revenue (most recent fiscal year), market capitalization,
and number of employees. Companies are ranked by their overall Green Score,
which is determined by their environmental footprint, management of that
footprint and sustainability communications.
American is committed to minimizing its environmental impact throughout all
operations and maintaining transparency of its efforts. A number of programs,
as well as grass-root initiatives implemented by American's people, contribute
to the airline's success in reducing its footprint. Key areas of focus
oFuel Conservation: Fuel Smart is American's employee-led effort that was
launched in 2005 to safely reduce fuel consumption. Thanks to the
dedication of American's people, more than 700 million gallons of fuel
have been saved and 7 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have
been eliminated since the program began. Furthering this commitment to
save fuel – and an estimated $1.2 million in annual savings – in August
2012, American became the first commercial carrier to receive FAA approval
to use the Apple iPad as an Electronic Flight Bag in the cockpit during
all phases of flight.
oRecycling: American's flight attendants recycled more than 12 million
aluminum cans in 2011 – as much weight as four Boeing 737 aircraft. They
also collect and recycle corks from wine bottles. Also in 2011, American's
maintenance bases and airports recycled 1,300 tons of cardboard and paper
and more than 1,200 tons of metal.
oFleet Renewal: Putting more fuel-efficient planes in the air is the most
effective way to reduce the company's carbon footprint. In July 2011,
American placed the largest aircraft order in aviation history: 460
narrowbody jets from Boeing and Airbus to be delivered in 2013 through
2022. These new aircraft will provide significant environmental benefits
over the aircraft they will replace. For instance, a new Boeing 737 offers
a 35 percent improvement in fuel economy over an MD-80, and it's much
quieter. American will have the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleet by
oecoDemonstrator: In 2010, Boeing established the ecoDemonstrator program
through the FAA's Continuous Lower Energy Emissions Noise (CLEEN) program,
to accelerate the advancement of environmental technologies. The program
emphasizes emerging technologies in the areas of fuel efficiency, noise
reduction and operational efficiency. American is the first airline to
participate in the initial test phase, and allowed Boeing to borrow one of
its new 737-800 aircraft for flight testing that began in August 2012. The
ecoDemonstrator flight test program allows Boeing and American to
accelerate promising technologies and move them onto airplane models and
into new aircraft design considerations across the industry.
oAirspace Modernization: American also advocates for and leads
industry-wide developments in Area Navigation, or RNAV. Developed to
maximize the use of available airspace without compromising safety, RNAV
conserves fuel and reduces CO2 emissions by moving planes via the most
efficient, often shorter, flight path. Currently, RNAV procedures are in
place at five major airports, with more airports to follow.
American produces an annual Corporate Responsibility Report that provides a
summary of the company's sustainability objectives and performance as it
relates to four key focus areas: customers, employees, the environment and
communities. The report includes the company's many efforts to manage its
environmental footprint, as well as detailed environmental and sustainability
goals and progress.
To learn more about American's environmental efforts and view the 2011
Corporate Responsibility Report, visit www.AA.com/CorporateResponsibility.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle^® and the AmericanConnection^® carrier serve
260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more
than 3,500 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers nearly 900
aircraft. American's award-winning website, AA.com^®, provides users with easy
access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel
offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld^® alliance,
which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline
business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits
than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and
members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily
flights to 150 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American
Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines,
American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of
American Airlines, Inc. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol
"AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
Current AMR Corp. news releases can be accessed at http://www.aa.com
SOURCE American Airlines
Contact: Andrea Huguely, Media Relations, Fort Worth, Texas, +1-817-967-1577,
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