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Air France to eliminate single-use plastic items on all flights

Air France’s stand on single-use plastics comes at a time when countries and multinationals are making bold global commitments/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya Jun – The end is near for plastic cutlery, cups, stirrers and other single-use plastic items currently used in all Air France flights globally.

The Airline, which is a SkyTeam Airline Alliance member, has kicked off a global campaign to eliminate 1,300 tons of single-use plastic by end year. In this way, Air France will eliminate 210 million single-use plastic items by the end of 2019. This shift in the company’s policies was announced on this year’s World Environment Day.

Passengers on flight AF378 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Detroit were offered products made of bio-based materials instead of single-use plastic items usually distributed on board.This campaign represents the following in terms of benefits to the environment:

– 100 million plastic cups replaced with paper cups;

– 85 million plastic cutlery items replaced with products made from bio-based materials and packaging;

– 25 million plastic stirring sticks replaced with wooden stirrers;

– Since November 2018, Air France has replaced the plate and cutlery set used for the second meal on long-haul flights with a “BON         APPETIT” bag.

This initiative builds on the airline’s track record of taking concrete action to protect the environment. As an example, from 2015, Air France stopped supplying plastic drinking straws on board, representing a reduction of 1.3 million plastic.

Air France’s stand on single-use plastics comes at a time when countries and multinationals are making bold global commitments.

Kenya, where Air France operates a route between Nairobi and Paris, is seen as leading voice in protecting environmental degradation caused by single-use plastics with President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier this month announcing a ban on single-use plastics in beaches, national parks, forests and conservation areas.

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Flight AF378 on June 5 from Paris to Detroit is operated by Boeing 787-9, the latest addition to the Air France fleet. A new-generation aircraft, the Dreamliner offers a large number of operational advantages, including 20% lower fuel consumption than older aircraft and a significantly reduced noise footprint.

Pilots will optimize the flight path according to the weather conditions and the weight of the aircraft. These eco-piloting techniques will make it possible to achieve a controlled fuel consumption of around 2.7 litres per passenger per 100 km.

Air France and the environment: one ambition, one commitment and concrete results

Air France is committed to reducing its environmental footprint in order to offer its customers a responsible travel experience and acts on a daily basis to limit the impact of its operations.

Air France has set itself three major objectives to meet this challenge:

Reduce and offset its CO2 emissions;

Reduce, recycle and reprocess its waste;

Reduce the noise footprint of its operations.

The actions carried out by the Air France group since 2011 have already made it possible to reduce its CO2 emissions per passenger by 20% and to reach the 2020 target by 2018.

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