According to a statement made on Friday by the airline, Air India has reduced the use of single-use plastics on all of its foreign flights by 80%. Furthermore, introducing reusable linen bags on board is one of the methods taken to accomplish the feat.
Air India announced on Earth Day that it has succeeded in reducing single-use plastic usage by around 80% on all flights across its global network.
This progress has been made since Air India’s privatization. Nonetheless, it results from an ongoing effort led by an in-house team of experts and supported by catering partners and multiple vendors. Furthermore, the carrier aims to reduce its environmental impact and continues to work towards that goal.
Air India Reduces the Use of Single-Use Plastic
Air India has implemented various initiatives as part of their efforts to reduce single-use plastic, which include the following:
- Elimination of 500ml plastic water bottles from all Economy Class seat pockets on widebody planes that operate international flights
- A significant decrease in the bulk uplift of 200ml water bottles on domestic and international flights is only served with pre-set meal trays.
- Introduction of water pours service from 1-litre water bottles during the flight.
- Replacement of plastic zip lock bags for cutlery with paper packaging.
- Replacement of plastic straws with paper ones.
- Substitute plastic stirrers with wooden ones.
- Introduction of reusable linen bags on board.
- Introduction of 100% compostable PET lids and primary-use plastic bags.
- Use of 100% compostable waste bags.
Air India plans to introduce paper cutlery for Economy Class passengers shortly. Furthermore, it wants to explore other ways to reduce single-use plastic consumption.
The airline remains committed to integrating environmental and social principles into its business practices. As it strives to become one of the most environmentally conscious organizations worldwide.
About the Company
Air India, which JRD Tata founded, played a pivotal role in developing India’s aviation sector.
Since its first flight in October 1932, Air India has grown into a major international airline, serving destinations across the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Far-East, South-East Asia, Australia and the Gulf.
It is also a member of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline consortium. After being a Government-owned enterprise for 69 years, Air India and Air India Express were acquired by the Tata Group in January 2022.
The airline is undergoing a transformation roadmap known as Vihaan.AI, which aims to establish itself as a world-class global airline with an Indian heart.
Vihaan.AI will focus on expanding its network and fleet, developing a revamped customer experience, improving reliability and on-time performance, and leading in technology, sustainability, and innovation.
The airline plans to invest aggressively in the best industry talent. Furthermore, to ensure sustained growth, profitability, and market leadership.
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