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.
Flight EY484 will depart from Abu Dhabi on April 21 and land in Brisbane on April 22 which is observed as Earth Day.
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.
As a result of planning the Earth Day flight, Etihad additionally committed to removing up to 20 percent of the single-use plastic items on board by June 1 and by the end of this year, Etihad will have removed 100 tonnes of single-use plastics from its inflight service.
Last year, the United Nations called for global action to beat plastic pollution, stating that 400 million tonnes of plastics are produced every year, 63 percent of which are intended for single-use.
Buzz, Etihad’s current supplier of amenity products, are supporters of the project and have collaborated with the airline to provide sustainable amenity kits, eco-plush toys, and award-winning eco-thread blankets. Buzz produced the blankets out of recycled plastic bottles.
Etihad identified over 95 single-use plastic products used across aircraft cabins, most of which were replaced with eco-friendly alternatives including cups, cutlery, dishes, headset bags, cart seals and toothbrushes.
Once removed from this flight, Etihad prevented over 50 kilograms of plastics from being landfilled.
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