NBAA awards Mente, Monarch and Textron first sustainable flight accreditations


The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has revealed the first recipients of its new Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation.

The awardees include Mente, Monarch Air Group and Textron Aviation. The programme, launched earlier this year, includes four independent accreditations for flight operations, ground support, operations and infrastructure.

The goal is to “promote a culture of sustainability by encouraging companies to think and act critically and to implement as many sustainability strategies as possible”, according to the association.

Audits will continue to be completed throughout the year, with more accreditations expected to be awarded. All this year’s awardees, including several others that wish to remain anonymous, will be considered inaugural recipients.

“This is a pivotal moment for our industry’s commitment to sustainability,” said Ed Bolen, president and CEO, NBAA. “We are taking bold strides to drastically reduce our impact on the climate and meet our goal of net-zero flight by 2050. We know the way forward, we have a strong vision, a deep commitment and the ingenuity to make this a reality.”

Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation winners – at a glance

  • Mente – flight accreditation
  • Monarch Air Group, DBA Mercury Jets – operations accreditation
  • Textron Aviation, Wichita Service Center – ground support accreditation
  • Netflix – flight, operations, ground support and infrastructure accreditation
  • Steelcase – flight accreditation

Watch Chris Rocheleau, chief operating officer, NBAA speak about sustainability, privacy and the FAA at CJI Miami 2022 below.