Turkish Airlines has opted for a special leaf design for its A321 aircraft which uses environmentally friendly biofuel.
The airline operated its first flight with the new themed aircraft to Stockholm (TK1795). Aside from the use of biofuel for the journey, the flight featured a number of other sustainable initiatives including the use of kraft tissues, paper cups and wooden salt and pepper shakers.
Additionally, pillow covers and blankets were produced with 100 per cent recycled certificated threads in order to save on water use.
Our biofuel designed aircraft is ready for take off!
We take responsibility for a sustainable future and soar ever higher for a greener tomorrow in light of our new objectives.#TurkishAirlines #Sustainability pic.twitter.com/JKlJc5giqP
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) April 27, 2022
Passengers were served complimentary green tea during the trip, and kids were offered FSC certified wooden toys.
Turkish Airlines chairman of the board and the executive committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat stated:
“As the national flag carrier of our country, our aircraft with its new design is now in the skies to underline the importance of sustainability for us.
“With the biofuel expression on our aircraft, we wish to emphasize the significance of using sustainable aviation fuel as it is one of the biggest hurdles of aviation industry’s struggle against carbon emissions. Thus, we are supporting the biofuel manufacturing efforts and aim to increase our flights which use biofuel during their operations.”
The airline said that it will continue to lower its carbon emissions with new generation aircraft, while also expanding its operations using biofuel to additional cities.