Turkish Airlines announced its intention of using a special leaf design on its Airbus 321 type TC-JSU tail numbered aircraft flying with environmentally friendly biofuel.
The global carrier operated its first flight with the new themed aircraft on flight TK1795 to Stockholm. In line with the carrier’s effort to lead a more widespread use of environmentally friendly fuel, the same flight to Stockholm also operated on the zero-waste principle.
As part of the Green Class concept of this first flight, the Turkish flag carrier took further environmentally-conscious actions: The use of kraft tissue, paper cups, wooden salt and pepper shakers aside, all passengers were served complimentary healthy green tea. Another special measure was using nature-friendly pillow covers and blankets produced with 100% recycled threads to save on water. And all children on the flight received FSC-certified wooden toys as a gift.
Commenting on the environmentally friendly aircraft, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, said: “As the national flag carrier of our country, the newly-designed aircraft 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 in the aviation industry’s struggle against carbon emissions. Thus, we support biofuel manufacturing efforts and aim to increase flights using biofuel.”
The global carrier will continue its efforts to lower carbon emissions with new generation aircraft added to its already young fleet (8.5 average age) and plans to add more cities served using biofuel on top of Stockholm, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Paris, and London.