In test flights alone, around 350 kg of disposable materials will be avoided. The first 100% “plastic-free” flight left from Lisbon, Portugal, to Brazil.
The first of four plastic-free flights took off from Portugal on St. Stephen’s Day, in an attempt by a Hi Fly company to eliminate single-use plastic from its planes by the end of 2019. The company has already removed plastics from its planes. offices, providing employees with water points throughout its headquarters and distributing reusable water bottles to staff.
Hi Fly announced that the first test flight took off Wednesday from Lisbon, Portugal to Natal, Brazil, with no single-use plastic items on board. Test flights will help shape the overall corporate strategy in this area, addressing any issues that may arise.
In this first test, four flights with the Airbus A340 are planned, more than 700 people will participate in the tests.
Items replaced during the trip include cups, spoons, motion sickness bags, plates, soda bottles, and toothbrushes. Replaced by bamboo cutlery, new paper packaging and biodegradable plastic containers that can even be easily composted.
The company estimates that around 350 kg of disposable materials will be halted with test flights alone. In a statement, the company said more than 100,000 flights take off each day, carrying nearly four billion passengers – now imagine the amount of disposable plastic used by a single airline on a daily basis. Change can have great effects and inspire other businesses.
More than a marketing action, in March of this year, private airline Hi Fly announced its plan to get rid of single-use plastics in 2019 and now, days before the end of the year, it shows that ‘she is looking for solutions. to fulfill his promise.
The project was made possible thanks to the collaboration with the Mirpuri Foundation and the support of the United Nations #MaresLimpos campaign for the environment.
Irish airline Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, has also pledged to remove non-recyclable plastics from its flights by 2023.
Air New Zealand has also committed to removing single-use plastic items from its flights.