Posted on: 22 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
ATR has renewed and achieved an expanded coverage of its ISO 14001 certification, concerning businesses’ adherence to environmental standards, with the broadening in certification scope giving ATR the claim to become the first regional aircraft manufacturer to obtain ISO 14001 certification covering the entire lifecycle of the aircraft.
The new ISO 14001 certificate was presented to ATR by Eric Salaun, CEO of the certification company Det Norske Veritas Business Assurance France (DNV). ISO 14001 certification renewal involves respect for the environment, which holds true for ATR headquarters in Blagnac as well as for its production site in St Martin-du-Touch, where assembly, customisation, ground and flight tests, sales and customer support activities take place.
This extension in scope applies to all stages in a product’s lifecycle: design, parts and equipment purchases, transportation of aircraft subassemblies, customisation, painting, plane operation by airlines, technical and operational support, and specific customer support to the -500 and -600 series ATR aircraft.
“Respect for the environment is also becoming a major responsibility in aviation. All the players, both aircraft manufacturers and airlines, need to make every effort to reduce their impact on the environment,” remarked DNV’s Salaun. “ATR is already well-positioned thanks to the light ecological footprint of its planes. With this new certification, ATR is defining itself as a reference in terms of respect for the planet, with regard to all the stages that make aircraft operation possible. This certification is a major success, in that it requires a strong commitment in a large number of areas.”