Qatar Airways has welcomed the recent Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement between Qatar and European Union, which it said is “far more relevant and modern” than any other related to air transport.
“This aviation agreement represents the new global benchmark for aviation agreements, providing a single set of rules, high standards and a platform for future co-operation on a wide range of aviation issues, such as safety, security, environment, competition, consumer protection, social matters, and air traffic management.
“Environment is noted as a key highlight of the agreement, recognising the importance of working together, to consider and minimise the effects of aviation on the environment,” Qatar Airways said.
The agreement was signed by HE the Minister of Transport Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia An?e Logar, whose country is currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell.
Qatar Airways, as one of the primary customers of this aviation agreement, has already taken bold steps to move forward with several initiatives to address climate change – one of the most pressing topics within the European Union.
Qatar Airways, in addition to embracing the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) commitments to carbon-neutral growth beginning in 2020 with further annual emissions reduction targets, is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, aligning with the European Green Deal.
As “World’s Best Airline”, Qatar Airways has a strong commitment to excellence in all its business operations. Qatar Airways is the first airline in the Middle East to achieve the highest level of IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) certification. It became the first carrier in Middle East to join the ICAO Global Coalition for Sustainable Aviation, reaffirming its commitment to work together with the relevant industry stakeholders, and the IATA Turbulence Aware data exchange platform, ensuring a smoother journey in the air with a lower fuel burn.
Both Qatar Airways and Qatar Executive are not only compliant with ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), but they are also compliant with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Currently, Qatar Airways is working closely with Germany and France environmental agencies that are responsible for its region.
HE Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti said, “The agreement is a testimony to Qatar’s notable profile in air transportation and that the national carrier has such an active role around the world.”
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar al-Baker said, “We are very glad that the European Union and its Member States have continued to recognise and understand the value our Aviation Agreement brings to their economies.
“The signature of this historic Aviation Agreement will bring together industry stakeholders, creating new opportunities for synergies to develop the aviation sector. Based on what we have achieved in the past, I am convinced that Qatar Airways will continue to play an ever-increasing role in the further development of the European air transport industry.
“As a leading airline, we understand the importance of meeting the targets as set in the European Green Deal and we will continually work together to achieve the climate neutrality goals.”
An?e Logar said, “The agreement is a crowning achievement of years and years of negotiations. Qatar is an important partner of the EU and this agreement represents the continuation of our close co-operation”
Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Adina V?lean said: "This agreement, the first one between the EU and the Gulf region, is a global benchmark for forward-looking aviation agreements. It is testimony to our shared commitment to economically, socially and environmentally sustainable aviation, based on a modern framework covering fair competition and closer co-operation on social and environmental matters. This agreement will bring new opportunities, more choice and higher standards for passengers, industry and aviation workers."