Etihad makes the shift to plastic free operations

This news comes as flight EY484 landed in Brisbane on April 22, which so happened to coincide with Earth Day. The UAE’s most prestigiously known airline carrier Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the Gulf region to conduct a flight without any single-use plastics on board.

The decision to fly single-use plastic free was a clever bid to raise awareness around pollution, a smart move by the air carrier giant. The milestone flight is part of Etihad’s pledge to reduce their consumption and reduce single use plastic by 80 per cent, not just in-flight either, but across the entire organisation by the end of 2022.

“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.”

– Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group.</em

Guests on board enjoyed replacement products including sustainable amenity kits, award-winning eco-thread blankets made out of recycled plastic bottles, tablet toothpaste and edible coffee cups while children were treated to eco-plush toys.

Etihad identified that over 95 single-use plastic products are used across its aircraft cabins. Once removed from the Earth Day flight, Etihad prevented over 50 kilograms of plastics from being landfilled.

By the end of this year, Etihad will have removed 100 tonnes of single-use plastics from its inflight service. Now we think that’s something to cheer about!

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