Etihad Airways launches world’s first plastic-free long-haul flight

Published on : Monday, April 22, 2019


Etihad Airways has announced on Earth Day to ban single-use plastic on their Abu Dhabi to Brisbane flight in  a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution.


Etihad Airways, Flight EY484, will become the first ultra-long-haul flight to operate without any single-use plastics on board which landed today in Brisbane.



H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport said that the sustainable and efficient transport is core to the government’s vision, and we commend Etihad’s proactivity in paving the way for sustainability and efficiency in air transportation.


Ethihad is committed to the Abu Dhabi’s transport vision  and through  investment in sustainable alternative fuels it reaffirms its environmental concerns.


Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Etihad Aviation Group went on saying that  there is a growing concern globally about the overuse of plastics which can take thousands of years to decompose. So far they discovered that they could remove 27 million single-use plastic lids from their inflight service a year.


Etihad Airways believe that being  a leading airline, it is their  responsibility to act on this and to challenge industry standards and work with suppliers who provide lower impact alternatives.


From bags to normally hold reusable headsets, to cups, cutlery and toiletries were removed for sustainable alternatives accounting for almost 100 plastic items.

The new items included by Etihad Airways was edible wafer coffee cups from Cupffee, blankets made from recycled plastic bottles and sustainable amenity kits from Buzz, an in-flight product supplier



It is expected that Etihad Airways will be reducing 80 percent of single-use plastic by the end of 2022.


The toothbrushes made from a wheat straw composite and toothpaste was provided in chewable tablet form in recycled cardboard boxes. Reusable trays were used to provide meals in the Economy class.  Aluminum containers bread rolls in paper bags and lightweight steel cutlery in paper pouches were used.

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