And repping the UAE, Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad has announced their latest and biggest environmental movement for Earth Day: the banning of single-use plastic on their Abu Dhabi to Brisbane flight.
In a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution, flight EY484, which lands in Brisbane today, will become the first ultra-long-haul flight to operate without any single-use plastics on board.
“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,” says H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport in a statement. “The investment in sustainable alternative fuels and the focus on emerging environmental concerns such as plastic pollution reaffirms Etihad’s commitment to the Abu Dhabi transport vision.”
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, adds, “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.”
Etihad Airways will reduce its single-use plastic usage by 80 per cent by the end of 2022.
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