ESA Business School (ESA) and Air France KLM are pleased to announce the signing of a dual-purpose partnership: Commitment to sustainable development & Support for Lebanese entrepreneurship.
This partnership between Air France and ESA was officially established through the signing of two agreements during a ceremony held at the ESA Business School campus in Clemenceau, in the presence of:
- Ms. Laure Daynié, Air France’s Lebanon and Levant Director
- Mr. Maxence Duault, General Director of ESA Business School
Through this collaboration, ESA Business School commits to participating in Air France KLM’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) program, with the objective of supporting the airline in the development of sustainable fuel to reduce the environmental impact of aviation.
Air France, on the other hand, expressed its support for innovation and entrepreneurship in Lebanon by supporting SmartESA, ESA’s incubator, with the aim of actively contributing to the support of young entrepreneurs and the recovery of Lebanon.
Mr. Maxence Duault was pleased with the signing of these two agreements with Air France KLM, a longstanding partner of ESA, which translate into tangible actions that resonate with their shared values of responsibility and innovation.
Regarding the SAF program agreement, Mr. Duault stated, “ESA is proud to be among the first in Lebanon to contribute to this sustainable development program and to participate in the collective effort required to fly more sustainably.” He added that ESA’s commitment aligns fully with the “responsible actor” pillar of the School’s strategic orientation plan for 2027.
As for the second agreement, he emphasized that it highlights Air France’s commitment and interest in Lebanese youth and innovation. He expressed his gratitude to Ms. Laure Daynié and her entire team for their support to the School’s incubator, SmartESA, and its startups.
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Ms. Laure Daynié also expressed her satisfaction with the signing of these two agreements with ESA, emphasizing their future-oriented nature and their focus on the youth.
Regarding the signing of the SAF agreement, she highlighted that this program allows Air France KLM to be at the forefront of the industry by offering more sustainable travel solutions. She stated: “Together, we are committed to creating a sustainable future for aviation. This commitment drives us to implement ambitious measures starting today. We are global pioneers in the development of next-generation fuels. The use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is one of the most effective measures to reduce the Air France-KLM group’s CO2 emissions.”
Regarding the agreement supporting entrepreneurship and SmartESA, ESA’s incubator, Ms. Daynié expressed her dedication to Lebanon and her pride in standing alongside Lebanese entrepreneurs and talents.
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ABOUT ESA BUSINESS SCHOOL
Created on 5 April 1996 by a Franco-Lebanese intergovernmental agreement, ESA Business School is a Business School dedicated to the training of executives and leaders from Lebanon and the Middle East.
Managed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Paris Ile-de-France Region, ESA offers 11-degree programs, from bachelor to doctorate, and welcomes 550 students per year trained by nearly 200 professors and international experts.
Building on its successes over the past 25 years, ESA is now a brand in its own right that cherishes a reputation equivalent to the excellence of its partnerships with the largest European schools.
ESA has a network of more than 4,500 graduates around the world who are truly committed to their schools.
In addition to its mission as a Grande Ecole and the strength in its values, ESA is fully committed to the future of Lebanon by animating an innovative ecosystem with a real societal impact
ABOUT AIR FRANCE
Since 1933, Air France has been promoting and highlighting France throughout the world. With an activity divided between passenger transport, cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance, Air France is a major air transport player. More than 40,000 staff that make up its workforce are committed on a daily basis to offering each customer a unique travel experience. Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia make up the Air France-KLM Group. The Group relies on its powerful hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to offer a vast international network. Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme has over 17 million members. Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance which has a total of 19 member airlines.
Air France places the health and safety of its customers and staff at the heart of its concerns. As part of its Air France Protect health and safety commitment, the company has introduced the strictest health and hygiene measures since the outbreak of the health crisis, to ensure everyone a safe trip, with the strictest health requirements at every stage of the trip, fully modifiable and refundable tickets and insurance cover linked to the pandemic.
Air France has set itself ambitious sustainable development targets and is working to reduce and offset its CO2 emissions. As part of the Horizon 2030 programme, the company is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions per passenger-km by 50% by 2030 through major investments to renew its fleet with new-generation aircraft, the use of innovative solutions to reduce fuel consumption and the creation of a future Sustainable Aviation Fuel network for a responsible, economically viable and sustainable French aviation industry.