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Finnair becomes the first European airline to achieve IATA Environmental Assessment Program certification

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this statement:

Finnair is the first airline in Europe and one of only two global carriers (South African Airways) to be certified as a Stage 2 operator in IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program, an environmental management system designed to independently assess and improve an airline’s environmental management.

Finnair has set ambitious environmental performance targets for its operations:

40% reduction of anti-icing fluid usage in 2014–2016.
20% reduction of CO2 emissions in 2009–2017.
10% reduction of energy usage in corporate facilities in 2007–2016.
10% decrease of the non-EU waste/passenger in 2014–2016.
40% noise reduction in 2014–2017.

IEnvA Stage 1 —which Finnair reached in June 2013 along with a small pilot group of other airlines—ensures an airline has developed the foundation and framework for its environmental management system. Stage 1 also certifies an airline has identified and complied with its environmental legal requirements.

IEnvA Stage 2 – This ensures that an airline has implemented all of the IEnvA Program Standards, identified and mitigated its significant environmental impacts and has set performance targets. Stage 2 also certifies that an airline has developed processes for monitoring and reviewing its performance against its targets and objectives, thus driving environmental efficiency.

The environmental standards that underpin IEnvA are based on recognised environmental management system (EMS) principles (such as ISO 14001) and have been developed by a joint team of environmental consultants and airline experts, including some Finnair personnel. Airline assessments—including Finnair’s—are undertaken by independent accredited Environmental Assessment Organisations that have demonstrated competencies in aviation and environmental auditing.

The scope of IEnvA is limited to flight operations and corporate activities, but modules covering ground and MRO operations are currently under development.

IEnvA has been developed in conjunction with airlines so that it addresses industry needs and specific concerns. IEnvA assesses environmental performance against sustainability standards across a broad range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) the management of air quality and emissions, noise, fuel consumption and operational efficiency, recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable procurement, and biofuel utilization. As a result, IEnvA helps airlines to simplify regulatory compliance, demonstrate good governance and achieve financial savings from the better use of resources. IEnvA implementation followed a phased approach due to the complexity and global presence of airlines as well as the number of role players and touch points. There are two implementation phases:

Stage 1:

Stage 1 which ensures an airline has developed the foundation and framework for its environmental management system. Stage 1 also certifies an airline has identified and complied with its environmental legal requirements.

Stage 2:

IEnvA Stage 2 assessment, the highest level of IEnvA achievement, ensures that an airline has implemented all of the IEnvA Program Standards, identified and mitigated its significant environmental impacts and has set performance targets. Stage 2 also certifies that an airline has developed processes for monitoring and reviewing its performance against its targets and objectives, thus driving environmental efficiency.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Finnair Airbus A321-231 WL OH-LZL (msn 6083) with the “Official Airline of Santa Claus – Santa Claus Finland” markings arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Finnair celebrates the winter holiday season with a new Santa Claus video

Finnair (Helsinki) besides launching its two Airbus A321s decorated with the image of Santa Claus Finland (as previously reported), continues to celebrate the Christmas and winter holiday season with this new video and this announcement:

Finnair has been the Official Airline of Santa Claus since 1983. This year, two of Finnair’s Airbus 321 Sharklet aircraft take to the skies in Christmas livery (see OH-LZL below). They have already flown to many of Finnair’s European destinations, as well as other destinations such as Dubai.

Finnair A321-200 OH-LZL (14-Santa Claus)(Grd) HEL (Finnair)(LRW)

As a partner of the Santa Claus Foundation, Finnair’s blue and white wings fly Santa to many countries around the world to bring joy to children and adults alike. Santa’s world tour covers China, Japan and Korea, along with several European destinations.

Finnair has also increased its flights to Lapland in the early part of the winter travel season, particularly from Helsinki to Kittilä, Ivalo and Rovaniemi. Flights from these cities and Kuusamo have been scheduled to offer passengers even more convenient connections from Lapland via Helsinki to Europe and Asia.

“Santa Claus is a tremendously important element of Finland’s image in Asia as well as Europe, and Finnair is pleased to support this as the Official Airline of Santa Claus. Additional flights to Lapland give Finnish and international passengers the opportunity to experience Finnish Lapland as a Christmassy and wintry destination,” says Jarkko Konttinen, Vice President, Marketing & Product at Finnair.

The holiday spirit is also reflected on Finnair flights in a special Christmas menu by chef Pekka Terävä. The Christmas menu is served in Business class on long-haul flights from Helsinki between November 26 and December 30. The menu includes Christmas starters such as rainbow trout gravlax, with poached duck and roasted cod as the choices of main course. Mulled wine and gingerbread cookies are also served on flights.

Finnair´s Christmas Menu 2014 by Pekka Terävä (LRW)

Above Photo: Finnair. Finnair´s Christmas Menu designed by Pekka Terävä is served in Business Class on long-haul flights leaving Helsinki between November 26 and December 30, 2014.

Finnair has also launched a new video directed by Finnish writer and director Jalmari Helander featuring Santa Claus and the big secret of Christmas (see above).

Photos: Finnair. Airbus A321-231 OH-LZL (msn 6083) is decorated with the image of Santa Claus Finland and the “Official Airline of Santa Claus” sub-titles.

Video: Finnair: “You know how mysterious it is that Santa can get to every house and home around the world in just 24 hours? Well, we here at Finnair happen to share something with Santa and you seem like someone who can keep a secret. So here we are, ready to open the curtain hiding one of Christmas’s biggest mysteries.”

Video: In Finnish:

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Finnair A321-200 (14-Santa Claus)(Logo) HEL (Finnair)(LRW)

Finnair decorates two Airbus A321s with Santa Claus, starts a contest for those taking pictures

Finnair A321-200 OH-LZL (14-Santa Claus Finalnd)(Finnair)(LR)

Finnair (Helsinki) took delivery of its new Airbus A321-231 OH-LZL (msn 6083) with Sharklets from Airbus on April 30, 2014. The new airliner along with another A321, has become the canvas for this large “Santa Claus Finland” emblem. The airline has long promoted Santa Claus on its aircraft.

The airline has announced a new contest to fly to Rovaniemi, Lapland. Contestants need to snap a photo pf OH-LZL (with the new emblem) to be eligible for the contest drawing:

Spot Santa’s aircraft and snap a photo for a chance to win flights for two to Rovaniemi, Lapland. Use the hashtag #officialairlineofsanta and post it on Twitter or Instagram until November 30. The winner will be announced in the first week of December.

As Santa’s offical airline, two of our newest Airbus A321 aircraft with Sharklets wear a special Santa livery. You can spot the special aircraft flying into some of Finnair’s European destinations.

Get your cameras ready. The competition is ready to start!

For more information: CLICK HERE

Finnair Official Airline of Santa

Images: Finnair.

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Airberlin issues a statement concerning the new delayed opening of the new Berlin Bradenburg Airport (BER)

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) has issued the following statement concerning the new delay for the opening of the new Berlin airport:

“Airberlin is disappointed about the latest postponement of the opening date for the new airport Berlin-Brandenburg BER. This will have an adverse effect on all passengers and on airlines. Airberlin has already insisted many times on receiving a reliable opening date which can therefore be planned around. A renewed postponement means that the unsatisfactory situation for all passengers will continue.

Because of the latest postponement, Airberlin expects the airport company to do everything possible in Tegel to achieve an even better standard. Airberlin itself incurs considerable expense in passenger control for the rising numbers at the old airport and will continue to do everything to keep the effects on our passengers to a minimum. The additional service staff will also be available to Airberlin passengers in Tegel in the future, and ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.

Airberlin continues to place great emphasis on BER. As the market leader in the German capital, airberlin intends to expand its position, grow continuously and further build up the hub with international long-haul flights.”

In other news, Airberlin has appointed a new CEO. As of January 7, 2013, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, 56, will take over the post of Chief Executive Officer of Air Berlin PLC from Hartmut Mehdorn, who has been in the position on a transitional basis since September 1, 2011. At the same time Prock-Schauer will become an Executive Director on the Board of Directors of Air Berlin PLC. Hartmut Mehdorn will remain a member of the Board.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Boeing 737-86J D-ABMJ (msn 36872) was the 2012 “Flying home for Christmas” Santa Claus logojet. The airliner is pictured resting overnight at Nuremberg.

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