Eurowings has announced a number of new sustainable inflight initiatives, including a move towards eco-friendly packaging, and a new ‘Happy Hour’ to help reduce food waste.

The Lufthansa Group carrier said customers will be able to purchase fresh food items at a 50 per cent discount on the last flights each day, following a similar trial on Swiss flights from Geneva earlier this year.

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The airline also said that “With the help of artificial intelligence, Eurowings will acquire data from each flight and continuously adjust the loaded amounts to the actual demand in order to reduce waste”.

In addition Eurowings plans to have 100 per cent of onboard packaging made from renewable or recycled materials by 2050, stating that it “already uses wooden stirrers and cardboard cups instead of their plastic alternatives, and largely does without cellophane packaging in its Wings Shop offerings”.

“Avoiding waste is another important part of our more sustainable inflight product,” said Lorenza Maggio, vice president of customer experience and marketing.

“We have redesigned our onboard retail program with high attention to product provenance, sustainable packaging and working with partners who have the same interests at heart.”

Away from sustainability the carrier is to increase its selection of vegan and vegetarian snacks and meals available through the Wings Bistro menu, and has also started stocking Fairtrade brand Lemonaid, and organic tea brand ChariTea.