Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President, and Dr. Fang Liu, ICAO Secretary General, were welcomed on December 4th and December 7th by Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Casale, Senior Vice-President Programs, and Christopher McGregor, Flight Safety Officer, to ATR facilities.

Focus of discussion was ICAO’s strategic objectives in relation to the regional aircraft market. The visit of the ICAO officials provided an insight to ATR’s leadership position in the regional aircraft market and its commitment to an environmental-oriented product policy.
 
ATR has a long standing commitment to greener aviation. This year, an ATR 72 took to the skies on the first flight test campaign of a “Clean Sky” program, to test and validate the use of new materials. This enables further CO2 emission reduction and contribute to an overall greener aviation in the future. This commitment to sustainable operations now and in the future, is fully aligned with ICAO objectives to reduce air transport CO2 emissions by 50% in 2050.
 
ATR also fully supports the principle of “No country left behind”, the ICAO initiative to improve safety and operational standards at a global level. ATR highlighted for example the benefits of Performance Based Navigation (PBN), demonstrated on an ATR simulator. The newest navigation aid tools certified onboard the ATR ‘-600 series’ aircraft also enable more accurate approaches, optimizing flight times and fuel emissions.
 
ATR became in 2011 the very first regional aircraft manufacturer to obtain an ISO14001 certification for the entire life-cycle of the aircraft, -from design to dismantling-, consolidating its position as the green reference in aviation.
 
On the occasion of their visit to Toulouse, the ICAO officials also met with senior representatives of Airbus and ENAC, France’s Civil Aviation College.