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Airline blankets made from recycled plastic bottles

December 2, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Operating quieter, fuel efficient new equipment is just one way an airline can help the environment – Emirates for instance has come up with an idea to use up some of the plastic bottles heading for landfill – or even worse roadsides or our waterways. Next time you snuggle into a warm fleece blanket on a long haul economy flight take extra comfort from the fact that it was made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. Coming up with environmentally sound ideas is not restricted to the more glamorous end of the business. Emirates engineering department tabled two winners – a water-saving aircraft washing procedure that saves 11 million litres of water a year and installing light emitting diode lighting in the hangars which reduces the power bill by  237 megawatt-hours of electricity a month. The move to electric powered equipment has also been speeded up.  Ground handling operations in Dubai and around the world are increasingly operated by electric / hybrid equipment, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Electric ground equipment is also being used in the UK, the US, Netherlands, Switzerland and Singapore. According to the chief executive of the Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, a key part of the group’s environmental strategy is operating an eco-efficient fleet. “During the year the carrier retired the last remaining Airbus A340s and A330s. It now only operates a passenger fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, and together with its Boeing 777 freighters, the average fleet age stands at 5.3 years.” This is well below the industry average, he added. The group continued its strong support for action against the illegal trade in wildlife, and through its “A Greener Tomorrow” initiative contributed to three organisations in Africa that are at the forefront of wildlife protection.

Edited by Ian McIntosh

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