Turkish Airlines leads an eco-friendly future – Doha News
The fuel the airline saved last year was equivalent to planting 292,000 trees in one year or 473 flights between Istanbul and New York.
As a leading airline covering over 300 destinations across five continents, Turkish Airlines has maintained its role in environmental protection.
The airline’s successful efforts are part of its sustainability operations, covering four main areas: humanity, bettering the world and stewardship.
The strategy proved successful in 2021, when Turkish Airlines saved the lives of 6,710 trees from being cut while protecting thousands of cubic meters of water from contamination.
“Protecting the future of these regions [destinations] which possess unique beauty with their natural, historical, financial or cultural assets is an important issue for the Turkish Airlines family,” said President of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, Professor Dr. Ahmet Bolat.
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Trees were saved from being cut by recycling 632 tons of non-hazardous waste while keeping the soil thanks to the recovery of 700 tonnes of hazardous waste.
Environmental protection is at the heart of the airline’s operations, whether through its air cargo, in-flight catering, as well as its maintenance, repair and operation (MRO).
“While transporting many to these wonders every day, we also want to transport these rare works from our world to the future intact. With this in mind, we are optimizing all our operations with sustainable efforts and protecting our world for future generations,” added Dr. Bolat.
More recently, Turkish Airlines used green fuel on February 2 on its Istanbul-Paris flight. Beyond Paris, the fuel is used on weekly flights to Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, London and Stockholm.
Turkish Airlines also plans to increase the use of the same fuel in its future operations.
“Turkish Airlines will continue to fly in the blue of the sky for the green of the ground,” Dr Bolat said.
The fuel the airline saved last year was equivalent to planting 292,000 trees in a year or 473 flights between Istanbul and New York.
The flag carrier had saved 37,820 tonnes of fuel and prevented 116,809 tonnes of carbon emissions from being released atmosphere in 2021.
The success was the result of the use of single engine taxi methods, route optimizations and flight center of gravity during operational planning.
Renovated facilities that help the airline lead an eco-friendly future include Turkish Technic’s C/D hangar, which is one service points of the company and the largest aircraft in Turkiye maintenance facility.
The facility stores and treats rainwater to turn it into usable water water through a collection system used daily. The process is an alternative to drawing water from city water supplies.
Last year, reused rainwater covered 54% of the facility’s water supply while avoiding the waste of 1.471 million liters of water, which is equivalent to the use of 59,000 people.
Water reuse also goes hand in hand with Turkish Airlines’ commitment zero waste objective for all of its work processes.
Company ground services the operator managed to prevent 2,152 tonnes of hazardous waste and 294 tonnes of non-hazardous waste from being mixed with nature in 2021 at Istanbul airports alone.
Seeking to bring a holistic approach to its environmental protection strategy, Turkish Ground Services (TGS) obtained 309 electric vehicles in nine Istanbul and Anatolia airports.
Vehicles, which increase in quantity, expand from pushback vehicles that move planes to baggage tractors. the electric vehicles contribute to TGS’ environmentally friendly operations.
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Collectively, vehicles travel about 38,000 km every day, almost the circumference of Earth.
Support international trade
With a clear vision for the future, Turkish Airlines Cargo, the fastest growing brand of its kind in aviation, supported projects that facilitate international trade.
This was done in accordance with his sustainable development strategy and through its support for Project Uganda, one of national projects of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.
The entity aims to improve and develop Ugandan exports while providing training for Ugandan staff. During the training, Turkish Cargo shares its operational experience to contribute to the digitization and improvement of Ugandan air cargo capacity sector.
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