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Sustainable Aviation - Improving Environmental Performance (Classroom, 5 days)

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Learn how aviation contributes to economic progress, social development and environmental stewardship. Sustainability is the way forward for aviation to be safe, efficient, affordable, responsive and healthy.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-company training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor
  • Student performance will be based on an examination


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Professional and Management
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

There are currently no scheduled classes. Check back later for updates or contact us to arrange a class in your company.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Update your understanding of sustainable development
  • Address aviation key internal challenges towards sustainability: safety, security, efficiency, capacity and profitability
  • Describe aviation environmental challenges related to climate change, noise and local air quality
  • Define States’ role and industry’s partnership between airlines, airports, air navigation service providers and manufacturers
  • Identify aviation key external benefits in employment, economic and social terms, including specific achievements at local or regional level
  • Develop evaluation and benchmarking methods to put your organization on the sustainability track (Sustainability Management Systems, SMS)
  • Discuss communication messages and tools to strengthen aviation sustainability

Course content

  • Aviation basic framework and actors, traffic and finance, trends and prospects
  • Internal and external aspects of Sustainable Development
  • Key challenges
    • Safety, security
    • Efficiency, capacity, facilitation
    • Affordability, profitability
    • Environment
    • Intermodality
  • Respective role of States, airlines, airports, ANSPs and manufacturers
    • Working together towards sustainability
  • Employment generated by aviation
  • Other major economic and social benefits
    • Regional and national data
    • Concrete achievements, especially in the developing world
  • Evaluation and Benchmarking
  • Internal and external communication messages and tools

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline operators
  • Airport operators
  • Air navigation service providers
  • Aircraft and engine manufacturers
  • International and national civil aviation and regulatory authorities
  • Other industries and NGOs representatives

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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About IATA Classroom Training
We train more than 10,000 aviation professionals annually through our global network of IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partners, and in private in-company sessions. Our 200+ classroom courses are developed using IATA’s unique industry insight and delivered by IATA Instructors, experts in their fields. More

Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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