MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today said it welcomed the
European Commission's announcement on Monday that it intends to suspend the
inclusion of flights to and from non-European Union destinations in its
emissions trading scheme.
"We are pleased with the Commission's recommendation to suspend the inclusion
of international aviation in the EU's trading scheme in order to give ICAO the
opportunity to fulfill its mandate and address aviation emissions through a
global approach," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Air Canada is fully committed to improving its emissions footprint. We have
increased our fuel efficiency by 30 per cent since 1990. Moreover, Air
Canada wholeheartedly supports IATA's published industry targets of improving
fuel efficiency by 1.5 per cent annually to 2020, carbon neutral growth beyond
2020, and reducing them by 50 per cent relative to 2005 levels by 2050. As
an international airline in a country subject to ICAO and the Chicago
Convention, we expect the regulators from both the EU and ICAO to work
together to address global emissions with a consistent and rational regulatory
and policy approach. The EU's unilateral approach was unacceptable to Air
Canada, as was the case for most international airlines and their governments.
We urge ICAO to resolve this issue within an acceptable timeline."
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more
than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 15th
largest commercial airline in the world and in 2011 served more than 33
million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly
to59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in the United States and63 cities in
Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South
America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most
comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,356 destinations in193
countries. In 2012, Air Canada was ranked Best International Airline in North
America in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers
conducted by independent research firm Skytrax.
IsabelleArthur (Montréal)514 422-5788 PeterFitzpatrick
(Toronto)416 263-5576 AngelaMah (Vancouver)604 270-5741
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