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19th October 2009

Flybe scoops prestigious ICARUS Environmental Award

Leading regional airline win aviation category at the Environmental Supplier Awards

Flybe, the UK’s number one domestic carrier, is today celebrating winning the Aviation ICARUS award at the Environmental Supplier Awards 2009/2010. The awards, organised by the Institute of Travel & Meetings (ITM) UK & Ireland, has recognised Flybe for offering the best solutions to travel buyers wishing to reduce the environmental impact of their travel programmes.

The judging panel was chaired by Dr Keith Mason, Director of the Business Travel Research Centre at Cranfield University and included representatives from the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, the Centre for Air Transport and the Environment and the Aviation Environment Federation.  The panel considered five factors when choosing their winners; innovation, leadership, time-resilience, scalability/transferability and case study material.

Stephen Hobday, Head of Sales at Flybe said, “Flybe is delighted to receive the ICARUS award for aviation from the Institute of Travel and Meetings. Flybe is proud to operate one of the youngest aircraft fleet in the world and supports any cause that promotes the idea of greener business travel.  Our award-winning Ecolabel scheme, which maps out the precise environmental impact of each flight, means that we are continually working with the business community to help them to manage the environmental impact of their travel.

Dr. Keith Mason said of Flybe’s submission, “Flybe’s modernisation of its fleet using young turbo-prop aircraft means that carbon emissions are low for the sectors that they operate. Its eco-labelling concept, which has been applied to its flights, uses the easily understood customer labelling notation common to fridges, washing machines, and even houses for sale”.

View more information on Flybe’s eco-labelling scheme.