IFSA & ASF Partner to Further In-Flight Services Sustainability


The APEX/IFSA Board of Governors meeting taking place on-stage at the 2021 APEX/IFSA EXPO. Image: Stephanie Taylor

A strategic partnership has been formed between the International Flight Services Association (IFSA) and the Aviation Sustainability Forum (ASF).

As a result, they will support the memberships of both associations, ‎the industry’s governing bodies and aviation as a whole to develop sustainable in-flight service solutions.‎

The ASF’s mission is to improve the sustainability and circularity of passenger in-flight products and services. It does so by bringing together companies across the supply chain to share knowledge and to commission research regarding new solutions and standards.

IFSA is a global non-profit trade association serving the needs and interests of airline and railway companies as well as caterers and suppliers who provide onboard services on regularly scheduled travel routes.

At the 2021 APEX/IFSA EXPO in Long Beach, California, the APEX/IFSA Board of Governors, which consists of airline CEOs and Presidents, selected sustainability as one of two priorities for the associations to address. This strategic partnership with ASF enables IFSA to contribute directly to this goal. 

The 2021 EXPO event also saw the APEX/IFSA Board of Governors approve that to qualify for future Four-Star and Five-Star awards as part of the APEX Official Airline Ratings, they must make information about their sustainability initiatives easily available to the public.  

In addition, to qualify for the aforementioned awards, each ‎airline must make incremental improvements to their sustainability efforts each year ‎in an ongoing commitment to sustainable aviation.‎