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Air New Zealand to remove more single-use plastic from flights

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Air New Zealand has committed to increasing the number of single-use plastic items that it will remove from its operation this year by more than double, from 24 million to nearly 55 million items.

This month the airline removed individual plastic water bottles from its Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins, as well as from its Works Deluxe offering on Tasman and Pacific Island services under five hours in duration. This is expected to divert more than 460,000 bottles from landfill annually and reduce carbon emissions by more than 300,000 kilograms per year by reducing weight on the aircraft.

Individual plastic sauce packets are being removed from Business Premier cabins on mainland North America and Hong Kong services, and these will be eliminated entirely from the global network by the end of October. Customers will instead be served sauce in reusable dishes which is expected to prevent around 200,000 plastic packets going to landfill each year.

The airline is also set to roll out coffee cups made from plants rather than plastic across its domestic and international networks from October, while plastic water cups will be transitioned to recyclable alternatives from September. The previous commitment targeted coffee and water cups on Air New Zealand's domestic network where the majority of cups are used, however, the scope has now expanded to introduce the lower impact cups across the international network, lifting the total number of cups being replaced this year from 14.7 million to 44.5 million.

Air New Zealand's Acting Head of Sustainability Anna Palairet says the airline is focused on reducing the amount of single-use plastic products it purchases at source, as the lack of composting infrastructure in New Zealand at present poses a challenge.

"Single-use plastic is a highly topical and visible issue for us and our customers, so we're really pleased to be able to share this progress to celebrate Plastic Free July," said Anna Palairet. "The lack of composting infrastructure available in New Zealand is a challenge so we have been focused on reducing the amount of single-use plastic products we purchase in the first place. It's great to see more and more customers are bringing their reusable drink bottles and keep cups on board, and we encourage people to do this - our cabin crew team is happy to fill these."

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I hope their cutlery gets washed and reused. A long time ago, I remember Aeroflot had metal knives and forks. The cabin crew checked you didn’t keep any as a souvenir.

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My dad used to do that decades ago. He traveled a lot. We had a major collection of teaspoons at home. No comment.

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126,206L of fuel on a 787-9 which AirNZ operate. Fuel density of around .815Kg/L which gives you around 100,000Kg give or take.

They are saving 300,000kg per year, which roughly equates to 3 full range flights.

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NZ as country is still using less and less plastic not just on airplanes but even in big shopping places, they are always thinking of how they would save the environment which is hardly any country would do.

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reduce carbon emissions by more than 300,000 kilograms per year by reducing weight on the aircraft.

Less carbon, and less plastic. Good for them, I hope other airlines follow suit (if they haven't adopted similar measures already)

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So now screw the plants and save the plastic. Never mind about the jet fuel and air pollution.

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