In a Canadian first, Air Transat and Aerocycle lay the foundations for a program for green dismantling of commercial aircraft

By Air Transat press release

2014/01/16 | 358 words | AVIATION WORLD NEWS | AIR TRANSPORT

Air Transat, in collaboration with Aerocycle, an aircraft dismantling and recycling specialist, has once again confirmed its steadfast commitment to sustainability principles by laying the foundations for a program for green dismantling of end-of-life-cycle aircraft. A recent project conducted by the partners saw two Airbus A310s dismantled in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner, with 87% of their components recovered.

The two Air Transat aircraft were dismantled at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport in July 2013 in compliance with an international standard established by the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) and using 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.

"Environmental protection and sustainability are integral to Transat's corporate culture," said Jean-François Lemay, General Manager, Air Transat, adding: "We have been stepping up our efforts in environmental management since 2007, and today stand proudly as a leader in responsible disposal of end-of-life-cycle aircraft. To qualify as sustainable, dismantling must enable the recycling of at least 85% of the plane. With the collaboration of our employees as well as our network of partners, we've achieved a level of performance that actually exceeds the industry standard."

While there are currently no North American environmental standards for aircraft dismantling, the project initiated by Air Transat and Aerocycle succeeded in recovering some 83 tonnes of aluminum from the two aircraft, with all recycled materials processed locally. In choosing to dismantle locally, Air Transat ensured better control of environmental impacts and mitigated the hazardous materials management risk. With this project, the company is also helping create expertise in green recycling in Quebec, while supporting the local recycling economy.

"Over the next 20 years, about 12,000 commercial aircraft will need to be dismantled around the world," noted Ron Haber, President and CEO, Aerocycle. "Quebec is already an aerospace hub, and our objective is to make Montreal a centre of excellence for aircraft dismantling and recycling. We are pleased to be working with partners like Air Transat, Aéroports de Montréal, Aéro-Montréal, Québec's Aerospace Cluster, and Eko-Conseil, which are so firmly committed to environmentally responsible management of end-of-life aircraft," he concluded.

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