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Air Transat wins twice at Mercuriades awards

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  •   04-21-2015  5:49 pm

Air Transat wins twice at Mercuriades awards

Air Transat took home two Mercure awards for Large Business of the Year and for Sustainable Development at the 2015 Mercuriades awards gala, in recognition of its program for the green dismantling of end-of-life aircraft.

The program, completed in 2013 and conducted in collaboration with Aerocycle, a company specializing in eco-responsible aircraft dismantling and recycling, saw two Airbus A310s eco-responsibly and sustainably dismantled, with 87 per cent of the aircrafts’ components reclaimed.

The program was also in compliance with an international standard established by the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) and used an environmental management system introduced by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM, the Montreal airports authority), with co-ordination provided by sustainable-development consulting firm Eko-Conseil.

Air Transat’s green-dismantling initiative was previously recognized in 2014, when the carrier received the Grand Prix de l’Entreprise citoyenne de l’année (grand prize as corporate citizen of the year) from Novae magazine, which informs Quebec professionals on sustainable development and responsible business practices. That same year, French magazine L’Écho Touristique also acknowledged the program by awarding it a sustainable tourism innovation trophy.

The Mercuriades is a major business competition held since 1981 and organized by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the province’s largest business network. It rewards the visionary spirit, daring and savoir-faire of companies that contribute to development in Quebec and its regions. Winning companies are inspiring models of success for the next generation of businesspeople as well as all players in the Quebec economy. 

PHOTO: Keith Lawless, senior director, business sustainability and improvement, Air Transat; Estelle Beaudry, VP, business development and environment, Aerocycle; Ron Haber, president and CEO, Aerocycle; Jean-François Lemay, general manager, Air Transat