Aircraft charter, management, maintenance, and FBO provider Fast Air Executive Aviation has become the first in Canada to achieve NATA’s sustainability certification for aviation businesses. The association’s Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses program was developed by industry experts to encourage aviation businesses to focus on sustainable practices and develop cost-effective options to lower their carbon footprints. Fast Air is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“NATA is pleased to see our standard being used by all types of aviation businesses, including Fast Air, which is setting an example for international aviation operators everywhere,” said NATA managing director for industry and regulatory affairs Megan Eisenstein.
Under the program, NATA certifies aviation companies that have taken “concrete steps” toward sustainability and demonstrate plans to work for further reduction in greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions. “The certification also recognizes a commitment to increase the use of more environmentally-friendly energy sources, reduce waste, and encourage sustainability operation-wide,” NATA added.
Dan Rutherford, Fast Air’s manager of business development, said the certification “builds upon our existing carbon-neutral flights and operations that use carbon offsets. We are extending our focus to support an improved future for our people, planet, and profitability.”