In October 2021, business aviation leaders pledged to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, while manufacturers and sector associations re-affirmed their commitment to increase fuel efficiency by 2% per year between 2020-2030.
AirSprint’s James Elian believes sustainability is among the top three priorities for private aviation today. As a leader in this field, AirSprint is taking aggressive action to reduce its overall climate impact, while continuing to deliver the incomparable service experience its Fractional Owners expect.
“Over the last seven years, AirSprint has grown substantially and has truly become a Canadian aviation leader,” said Elian. “I’ve been privileged to be in a leadership position here during that time. Looking to the future, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to take this leadership further. Our action plan for the environment will be beneficial to us, our Fractional Owners and Canadian private aviation.”
He encouraged other operators to spend just one day educating themselves about how they can reduce their environmental impact.
“Even if you don’t get to 100% (net-zero) right away, it all makes a difference,” Elian pointed out. “I think we can have a huge impact, but it all starts with taking the time to get educated.”
A good place to start is Canada's Aviation Climate Action Plan 2022-2030.
From there, Elian said he started asking questions, and “through the process of trying to understand the government’s plan, everyone was happy to talk to me.”
He also said the CBAA, a signatory to Canada’s aviation climate plan, is another good source of reliable information. The association has also produced a microsite presenting information on business aviation and the environment.
Elian said the AirSprint team is excited and proud of the company’s enhanced environmental commitment.
“Our values are everything. It’s how we’ve been successful and why people like being part of AirSprint,” he said. “Without those values, I don’t think we’d have the team we have today.”
As it moves towards all AirSprint flights operating 100% carbon neutral by 2025 – and begins to map out additional improvements for its ground operations and the eventual adoption of SAF – AirSprint is renewing its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.
“The idea that now we have the ability to mitigate our environmental impact changes the game,” concluded Elian. “There is an expectation of people, in general, because it’s the right thing to do. People are looking for companies they can align their values with, and our values have always helped us attract the best employees and make our Fractional Owners happy.”