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Etihad Airways to operate a single-use plastic free flight on an ultra-long haul sector

April 17, 2019 / Alexander Preston

In a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution Etihad Airways is to become the first airline in the Middle East to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board, when flight EY484 departs Abu Dhabi on 21 April, landing in Brisbane on 22 April – Earth Day.The milestone flight is part of Etihad’s ongoing commitment to the environment, to go beyond Earth Day celebrations, and pledge to reduce single-use plastic usage by 80% not just in-flight, but across the entire organisation by the end of 2022.Tony Douglas, Group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “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....