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Etihad Receives IATA IEnvA Stage 2 Accreditation

Etihad’s 787 Greenliner sitting on the ramp prior to the 2021 Dubai Airshow (Photo: Etihad)

Etihad Airways successfully completed IATA’s Environmental Assessment stage 2 and received accreditation in four key operational areas. The areas include facilities management, flight operations, Etihad technical division and Etihad Catering Services.

The IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program is a blueprint for airlines to achieve sustainability in all air and ground operations. It is an evaluation system designed to independently assess and improve the environmental management of an airline.

Stage 2 represents the highest level of IEnvA compliance and requires an airline to demonstrate ongoing environmental performance improvement. Etihad has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and halving its 2019 emission levels by 2035.

Mariam Al Qubaisi, Head of Sustainability and Excellence Division, Etihad Airways, said, “Our world is becoming more environmentally conscious by the day. Etihad is proud to play a major part in reducing the carbon impact of the aviation industry, in the UAE and around the world. We have recorded many great achievements, from our first ecoFlight from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane in 2019, to the recent launch of our Sustainability-focused loyalty program, Conscious Choices, to reward guests for making sustainable choices when they travel and in their everyday life.”

CEIV Certification

The United Arab Emirates’ national carrier is also received IATA’s CEIV Live Animals, CEIV Fresh and CEIV Pharma certifications.

The certification was awarded — following an IATA-led assessment of Etihad Cargo’s dedicated LiveAnimals program — for animal transportation, SkyStables, equine transportation, products and its logistics’ audit checklist to ensure compliance with standards, requirements, and Live Animals Regulations (LAR).

In addition, the certification endorses and accredits Etihad’s services for the transportation of live animals —reinforcing its position as a prominent international air cargo carrier and reaffirming its commitment to animal welfare.

The key benefits of CEIV Live Animals certification include improving animal welfare and safety through appropriate quality and risk management and enhancing standardization and professionalism in the handling and transportation of live animals in a multimodal environment. The certification also enforces compliance with the IATA LAR, elevating staff competency through efficient and robust training programs, and enabling increased collaboration among stakeholders and certified trade lanes.

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, said, “Handling and transporting live animals is challenging. Each type of animal has its own specific requirements. Achieving CEIV Live Animals certification means Etihad Cargo’s customers can benefit from extra assurance that their precious cargo is in safe hands. We congratulate the airline on becoming the first in the Middle East to complete the suite of CEIV certifications – Pharma, Fresh and Live Animals.”

Victor Shalton


  • Victor Shalton

    Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Victor’s love for aviation goes way back to when he was 11-years-old. Living close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, he developed a love for planes and he even recalls aspiring to be a future airline executive for Kenya Airways. He also has a passion in the arts and loves writing and had his own aviation blog prior to joining AirlineGeeks. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at DeKUT and aspiring to make a career in a more aviation-related course.

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