Air Transport World, a monthly aviation trade publication that reports on the international airline industry, announced the winner of its first annual Eco-Aviation Awards, through which the puplication honors those companies who are demonstrating leadership in the field of eco-aviation.
Germany's flag carrier Lufthansa won the 2012 Eco-Airline of the Year – Gold Award for its comprehensive environmental and sustainability efforts, such as its dedication to fuel-efficiency by investing in fleet modernisation and developing a route networks that makes the airline's national and international flights even more effective.
FedEx Express, a cargo airline based in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), was awarded with the Eco-Airline of the Year - Silver Award for its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint across every part of its operations.
Low-cost airline Southwest Airlines, based in Texas (USA), won the Eco-Pioneer of the Year award, while Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (USA) was named Eco-Airport of the Year.
The Eco-Partnership of the Year award went to the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN) project and the Eco-Technology of the Year award to Pratt & Whitney, U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer.
The editors of Air Transport World will present the awards on 21 June 2012 at a dinner ceremony following the ATW 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia (USA), from 20-21 June 2012.