How flying ‘Green Class’ with Turkish Airlines is encouraging sustainability

Green tea, eco-friendly pillows, wooden toys for kids aboard the aircraft are some of the initiatives by Turkish Airlines.

Turkish Airlines demonstrated its seriousness about going green when it splashed a bit of green inside and out to its Airbus 321 type TC-JSU aircraft.

Turkish airlines’ newly designed aircraft is now in the skies to underline the importance of sustainability.  
Turkish Airlines’ newly designed aircraft is now in the skies to underline the importance of sustainability. 

In line with its sustainability efforts to lead towards widespread use of biofuel and zero waste, the airlines unveiled a green design element adorned with leaves on its Airbus aircraft. The first green-themed flight flew from Istanbul to Stockholm. The airline used kraft tissues and wooden salt and pepper shakers. All passengers were served complimentary, healthy green tea. Other special measures included FSC-certified wooden toys gifted to child passengers and environmentally friendly pillow covers and blankets, produced using recycled threads to save on water.

Turkish Airlines flies to the most countries in the world (128 countries). By going green, Turkish Airlines prevented tens of thousands of trees from being cut down. 

“Protecting the future of these geographies, which have unique beauty with their natural assets, is of foremost importance,” says Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat. 

Turkish Ground Services (TGS), the ground handling company of Turkish Airlines, has 309 electric vehicles at nine airports in Istanbul and Anatolia, and this number is increasing by the day. Electric vehicles of different qualities—from pushback vehicles that move airplanes to tractors for carrying luggage—contribute to environmentalist operations. When the daily operating times of the vehicles are calculated, they travel approximately 38,000 km, which is close to the circumference of the world. The ground handling operator, working with the goal of zero waste in all business processes, separated thousands of tons of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at the airports in Istanbul in 2021, thereby preventing the mixing of these wastes with nature.

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