MEXICO CITY, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), through the Federal Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), signed an addendum for increased cooperation through the Collaboration Agreement it signed with the environmental authorities in November 2015.
The amended agreement includes both in-flight videos about international and domestic transportation of wildlife, and the distribution of audiovisual materials about the Convention on Biological Diversity COP13 to be held in Cancun, Quintana Roo at the end of this year.
The agreement also includes the possibility of offering preferential airfares for participants attending the COP13, the carrier's willingness to promote itself as "the Mexican airline working on behalf of biodiversity," as well as offering complimentary training courses for six PROFEPA employees on matters related to the air transportation of infectious substances, dangerous goods, live animals, and lithium batteries.
As a witness of honor at the addendum signing ceremony, Mexico's Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano-Alaman said that he was pleased to see that Aeromexico will consolidate its support of a task that is essential to the environment sector, which consists of "raising public awareness about our country's great diversity and our responsibility as Mexicans to learn about and protect a natural heritage that belongs not only to Mexico but is also the common cultural heritage of humanity."
Minister Pacchiano-Alaman recognized Aeromexico for its strong corporate social responsibility and the Mexican Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA) for its sound management of the collective efforts made by the Mexican Government and the business sector to work on an environmental stewardship plan where everyone wins.
Meanwhile, Guillermo Haro-Bélchez, Attorney General of Environmental Protection, spoke of the joint efforts made by the Attorney General's Office and Mexico's leading airline. He noted that the broadcasting of audiovisual content and the distribution of graphics on illegal wildlife trafficking raises public awareness about the damages this type of crime causes to our nation's natural heritage.
He also reported on Aeromexico's involvement in the Environmental Leadership Program for Competitiveness, reporting an estimated MXN 2.26 million in economic benefits, saving 845 cubic meters of water and 175,087 kWh per year, and the fact that carrier has reduced 321 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and close to 200 lbs. (90 kg) of solid waste per year.
In his speech, Aeromexico CEO Andrés Conesa spoke about the company's commitment to the environment and reiterated its readiness to continue working with the Mexican Government.
He added that the carrier's improved aircraft, processes, and flight plans have led to a close to 50% reduction of its former greenhouse gas emisions for each passenger transported over the last ten years, which is equal to taking 1.5 million motor vehicles off the roads for one year.
About Grupo Aeromexico
Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services and promote passenger loyalty programs in Mexico. Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights from its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its route network spans more than 80 cities on three continents including 45 in Mexico, 16 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, four in Europe, three in Canada, and two in Asia.
Grupo Aeromexico's fleet of close to 130 aircraft is comprised of Boeing 787, 777 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 190, 175, 170, and 145 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including ten 787-9 Dreamliners and 90 MAX 737 airliners.
As a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 179 countries served by its top 20 airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 636 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel options through its code share partners Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, and WestJet with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. www.aeromexico.com and www.skyteam.com.