Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), the ground handling services subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group, is now the first ground handler in the world to receive the International Air Transport Association (IATA) environmental management system certification – the IATA Environmental Assessment programme (IEnvA) – which has been developed specifically for ground and cargo service providers.Qatar Airways Group’s QAS was presented with the IEnvA certificate on June 5 during the 79th IATA AGM in Istanbul, Turkiye.The IEnvA for Ground and Cargo Handling Service Organisations certificate, which is an expansion of the successful IEnvA for Airlines programme, was launched in June 2022 during the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting held in Doha. QAS signed up the as part of pilot phase, becoming the first organisation globally to join the extended IEnvA programme.The bespoke standards developed by IATA, in collaboration with Qatar Airways Group and international sustainability experts, set a framework for achieving environmental sustainability across all ground operations. The scope for certification included QAS offices and workshop buildings, ground handling operations and equipment, cargo handling operations and equipment, and maintenance activities.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker said, “We are focused on keeping sustainability at the core of our operations. Qatar Airways was the first airline in the Middle East to be accredited to the highest level of IEnvA in 2017. As we continue to build our global network, we remain committed to dedicating the leadership and resources needed to meet our vision for environmental sustainability. Today we extend the IEnvA accreditation to QAS, becoming the first ground handler in the world certified under the new IEnvA programme for Ground and Cargo Handling Service Organisations.”IATA Director General Willie Walsh said, “Qatar Aviation Services has achieved a significant milestone with their IEnvA certification. They are one of the pioneers in the IEnvA programme; their dedication to managing and reducing the environmental impact of their operations is clear. Their certification sets a great example of world-class environmental management practices for other ground handler and ground services providers to follow.”In a press statement, QAS said it is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its operations, playing an instrumental role in helping Hamad International Airport gain its world-class standing as an environmental leader among airports globally. Through its participation, it aims to meet and exceed the highest environmental standards while preparing for future expansion strategies.IATA’s IEnvA programme is a voluntary evaluation system designed to independently assess and improve the environmental management. The programme, which demonstrates equivalency to the ISO 14001: 2015 environmental management systems standard, was initially offered to Qatar Airways and later extended to cargo and ground handlers. It provides a structured approach to managing the environment, as well as reporting and mitigating environmental impacts. As a result, organisations are able to formally incorporate sustainability and environmental compliance strategies into their operations.
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His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev toured on Monday evening a number of museums and historical sites in the city of Samarkand.During the tour, His Highness and the Uzbek President listened to an explanation about the history of the Observatory of Ulugbek and its role in the development of astronomical sciences among Muslims.During their visit to the Afrasiyab Museum, they were briefed on the most prominent archaeological holdings and artifacts, which document the most important historical highlights of the city of Samarkand, and the various archaeological areas of Uzbekistan.Also, His Highness the Amir and President Mirziyoyev visited Registan Square and listened to a briefing on the history of civilisation and Islamic and experimental sciences in and around Samarkand, and concluded their tour with a visit to the Eternal City, where they were briefed on the most prominent customs and heritage traditions that the Uzbek people adhere to since ancient times.During the tour, His Highness the Amir was accompanied by a number of Their Excellencies members of the accompanying official delegation.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani arrived Monday evening in the city of Samarkand on a state visit to the friendly Republic of Uzbekistan, as part of a tour of a number of Central Asian countries including the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Tajikistan.His Highness the Amir was welcomed at Samarkand International Airport by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bakhtiyor Saidov, HE the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Uzbekistan Hassan bin Hamza Hashim, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Qatar Bahromjon Aloev, and members of the Qatari embassy were also present.His Highness the Amir is accompanied by an official delegation.
In a bid to revolutionise the transport sector in the country, EcoTranzit Company has unveiled Qatar’s first electric vehicle (EV) brand under its exclusive intellectual property rights in a ceremony in the presence and patronage of HE the Ministry of Transport Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti.The launch event was graced by HE the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali al-Thani, HE the Minister of State and chairman of Qatar Free Zones Authority Ahmad al-Sayed, Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari, and Ashghal president Dr Saad Ahmed al-Mohannadi, alongside other dignitaries, governmental representatives, automotive agencies, and relevant entities.The groundbreaking endeavour aligns seamlessly with Qatar National Vision 2030 to transform the transportation sector into an environmentally-conscious and sustainable industry. It exemplifies the prevailing global shift towards curbing carbon emissions emanating from conventional vehicles, which significantly contribute to environmental pollution.During the event, prototypes of EcoTranzit’s electric cars under the VIM brand were unveiled. This noteworthy achievement not only underscores Qatar’s steadfast commitment to curbing carbon emissions but also acknowledges the company’s endeavours in fostering national innovation, empowering the local workforce, and nurturing talent development. By laying the foundation for such industries, these collective efforts will play a pivotal role in driving future localisation.Being at the forefront of the electric vehicle (EV) and sustainable transportation solutions domain, EcoTranzit, a trailblazing Qatari enterprise, has made significant strides in securing intellectual property rights for an extensive array of electric cars and buses, in collaboration with its esteemed international partners.This pivotal move serves as the initial stride in the establishment of a comprehensive industry encompassing both lightweight and heavyweight electric vehicles, proudly bearing the VIM brand. In line with this vision, the company has already commenced investments in assembly plants and preliminary production lines, while laying out strategic plans to further cultivate a semi-integrated industry in the near term.EcoTranzit aims to forge ahead by establishing the inaugural regional centre in collaboration with pertinent authorities, dedicated to the certification of EVs. This esteemed certification centre will diligently verify that electric cars and buses conform to worldwide specifications while upholding Gulf standards, thereby bestowing them with the appropriate accreditation certificates.EcoTranzit’s foray into the realm of eco-conscious transportation solutions stands as a momentous leap forward within the Qatari and Gulf markets. The company presents state-of-the-art technologies and innovative designs tailored for public, private, and commercial transportation needs.EcoTranzit has made substantial investments in EV infrastructure and complementary technological systems to offer holistic solutions for the electric transportation ecosystem. Presently, the company engages in the production of diverse public buses, the assembly of electric cars, as well as the provision, installation, and operation of electric chargers and associated technological solutions.EcoTranzit chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani said: “We are thrilled to embark on this remarkable and vital venture within our beloved nation through the introduction of these innovative electric vehicles. Our paramount objective is to redefine the realm of intelligent mobility by offering environmentally conscious vehicles that seamlessly integrate contemporary design, top-notch specifications, and practical models suitable for diverse applications.”Every vehicle provided by EcoTranzit is equipped with cutting-edge technologies, state-of-the-art batteries boasting intelligent charging systems, and a diverse array of sophisticated information and communication systems.These cars encompass extensive safety measures and intelligent electronic connectivity systems, streamlining the charging process with compatible devices. All vehicles meticulously adhere to global and Gulf standard specifications, ensuring top-notch quality and performance.
Provide timely, thorough and public accident reports: IATA
Istanbul: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments around the world to live up to longstanding international treaty obligations to publish timely and thorough aviation accident reports. “Safety is aviation’s highest priority,” IATA Director General Willie Walsh said at a media briefing here Tuesday.Failure to publish prompt and complete accident investigation reports deprives operators, equipment manufacturers, regulators, infrastructure providers and other stakeholders concerned of critical information that could make flying even safer.“The accident investigation process is one of our most important learning tools when building global safety standards. But to learn from an accident, we need reports that are complete, accessible and timely,” Walsh noted.He said the requirements of the Convention of International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) Annex 13 are “clear”.Walsh said states in charge of an accident investigation must submit a preliminary report to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) within 30 days of the accident, publish the final report, which is publicly available, as soon as possible and within 12 months of the accident.They must also publish interim statements annually should a final report not be possible within 12 months.Only 96 of the 214 accident investigations during the period 2018-2022 conform with the requirements of the Chicago Convention, Walsh noted.Just 31 reports were published in less than one year of the accident with the majority (58) taking between one to three years. In addition to the fact that final reports regularly take more than a year, interim statements often provide little more than what was presented in the preliminary report.“Over the past five years, fewer than half of the required accident reports meet the standards for thoroughness and timeliness. This is an inexcusable violation of requirements stated clearly in the Chicago Convention.“As an industry we must raise our voice to governments in defence of the accident investigation process enshrined in Annex 13. And we count on ICAO to remind states that the publication of a complete accident report is not optional, it is an obligation under Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention,” Walsh added.