Longest Single-Use Plastic Free Flight Scheduled
by Traveleads | April 18, 2019 | CSR Latest News
Etihad Airways will be the first airline in the region to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board, in a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution, on the occasion of Earth Day.
Flight EY484 will depart from Abu Dhabi on 21st April, 2019, and land in Brisbane on 22nd April, 2019, which is observed as Earth Day.
H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, said, “Sustainable and efficient transport is core to the government’s vision, and we commend Etihad’s proactivity in paving the way for sustainability and efficiency in air transportation.”
The milestone flight is part of Etihad’s ongoing commitment to reduce single-use plastic usage by 80 percent not just in-flight, but across the entire organisation by the end of 2022.
Etihad’s supplier of amenity products has collaborated to provide sustainable amenity kits and eco-thread blankets produced out of recycled plastic bottles.
Edible coffee cups, made entirely out of natural grain products, are among items being used to replace plastics.
CEO Tony Douglas added: “There is a growing concern globally about the overuse of plastics which can take thousands of years to decompose.
“We discovered we could remove 27 million single-use plastic lids from our inflight service a year and, as a leading airline, it’s our responsibility to act on this, to challenge industry standards and work with suppliers who provide lower impact alternatives.”