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Wizz Air selects ELeather for 32,000 new seat deal

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ELeather will dress 32,000 Recaro SL3710 economy class seats across 146 new Airbus aircraft, entirely in sustainable, high-performance materials, on behalf of European low-fare carrier, Wizz Air.

The new Recaro lightweight seat with recycled leather upholstery from ELeather will be installed in 2021.

“Wizz Air is one of our longest standing customers. This new deal marks almost 10 years working together. We’ve always been proud to partner with brands that have strong environmental agendas and Wizz Air is a great example of an airline that takes a more holistic approach when selecting sustainable suppliers and their products,” said John Kennedy, CEO, ELeather.

Wizz Air worked alongside ELeather and Recaro to develop the sustainable seat solution for the carrier, in support of the numerous initiatives the airline is already committed to. The seat material is made using recycled leather content and designed to increase performance while achieving a significantly lower environmental footprint.

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Norwegian commits to further green measures

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Norwegian has launched a new environmental sustainability strategy that will see it aim to cut CO2 emissions by 45%, remove all non-recyclable plastics and recycle all single-use plastics.

Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian, said: “At Norwegian we take our responsibility towards the environment seriously, and that is why we must look to the future and implement a strategy that produces immediate and tangible benefits for the environment today. Norwegian will continue to instigate a positive change across the industry in this field that will benefit not only the environment but also our customers and our business. The low-cost business model is the sustainability model as it enables efficient energy and resource management.”

Initial elements of the sustainability strategy will also include a 100% reduction of non-recyclable plastics and 100% recycling of single-use plastics by 2023.

Anders Fagernæs, Norwegian Head of Environmental Sustainability, said: “More sustainable and smarter options are becoming a greater part of the considerations that customers make when choosing which airline to fly with. We will champion this attitude and become the customers sustainable choice by reducing and recycling plastic waste, promoting sustainable aviation fuel and continuing to fly one of the world’s youngest fleets to achieve a 45% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.”

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Greenpoint unveils VIP Affinity interior concept

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Greenpoint Technologies has unveiled its sustainable, twin-aisle VIP interior design concept Affinity.

“The Affinity interior concept began with our client’s desire for positive change and a renewed need to connect with nature. Our team drew inspiration from biophilic design, striving to bring the outside in through the creation of living indoor spaces with organic, sustainable design elements. The result is a contemporary, honest and meaningful interior,” explained Annika Wicklund, Greenpoint Design Director.

Greenpoint’s Affinity interior features an expansive main cabin with contemporary architecture and organic details. Key elements include a vast digital skylight extending across the cabin ceiling, a louvred archway with organic greenery and soft LED lighting diffused to mimic daylight. The forward lounge includes an outboard-facing oversized sectional, large viewing display and a circular, layered moss feature wall. The interior incorporates sustainable materials including bamboo silk carpet, organic greenery and natural oak.

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Cathay Pacific announces more ambitious single-use plastic target

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The Cathay Pacific Group has released its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, setting out its efforts in moving towards greener aviation.

Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic and its financial impact, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang commented: “We are very determined to play our part in this hugely important undertaking; one which requires us to be financially successful but in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Our commitment to developing sustainably with transparency and accountability is undiminished.”

The Group has set a new single-use plastic reduction target of reducing its single-use plastic footprint by 50% by the end of 2022, removing nearly 200 million pieces of single-use plastic from its operations annually. To achieve this the Group has begun a thorough analysis of its inventory to identify items that can either be eliminated or replaced by alternative more sustainable materials, or by recycled plastics.

A previous initiative saw the removal of 32 million single use plastic items from its operations in 2019.

Jamco’s Venture premium class seat takes flight

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Jamco America has confirmed that its Venture premium class seat entered into service on the KLM 787-10 and Air Europa 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft last year. Additional airlines are expected to be announced soon.

Designed in collaboration with Boeing and Teague, the Venture reverse herring-bone business class seat is currently designed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777 airplane, and is made with recycled materials making it lighter than its predecessors (approximately 85 kg per passenger), easier to install and requiring less overall maintenance.

“During the design process of the Venture seat, our main goal was to maximise the passenger experience while minimising the operational costs for airlines,” says Jeremy Hunter, Sr. Sales & Marketing Manager. “What we’ve created is a product that is lightweight, efficient and made with fewer parts, without compromising the integrity of the seat. We’re proud to offer a quality product that caters to the needs of both the airline and its passengers.”

All Venture seats are configured to give every passenger direct aisle access and are fully lie-flat seats. Additional features include a capacitive touch PCU with customisable LED colours and button icons, customisable mood lighting, leather upholstery, adjustable meal tray, and an 18.5-inch entertainment screen.

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Finnair wants to banish its carbon footprint

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“The most ambitious sustainability strategy in the aviation industry to banish carbon from its operations,” has been unveiled by Finnair.

Addressing a small group of journalists in London, Topi Manner, Finnair CEO, said: “Aviation is a fast-paced industry subject to many changes, and everything impacts it. Maintaining a long-term perspective at all times, in all market situations is key. The plans we announced today prepare us for the next 100 years of Finnair’s future.”

The airline aims to reduce its net emissions by 50% by the end of 2025 from the 2019 baseline and achieve carbon neutrality latest by 2045. To help achieve this, Finnair will propose at its Annual General Meeting an amendment to the Articles of Association, to enable it to engage in activities which increase the positive effects and reduce the negative impact of its business on the environment and society.

Anne Larilahti, Finnair Vice President of Sustainability, said: “The ambitious targets we have announced today are achievable through the tangible steps which we know will make a real contribution to CO2 reduction.”

Managing weight and fuel is key in reducing the CO2 emissions from Finnair flight operations. Finnair has developed a plan to reduce unnecessary weight from each aircraft, and to operate flights more fuel efficiently. The target is to reduce fuel consumption by 15,000 tonnes per year.

As part of this, from 29 April, Finnair will remove travel retail sales from its short-haul European fleet and focus on pre-orders, reducing on average 50-100 kg from each flight, resulting in a total decrease of 70,000 kg in fuel consumption per year and 220,000 kg of CO2 emissions.

Finnair will also remove 230 tonnes of plastic from its flights, cutting single-use plastics in half by the end of 2022. In 2019, Finnair removed 80,000 kg of plastic through increased recycling and smarter material choices.

The airline will replace plastic cutlery from economy cabin dining with more sustainable knives, forks and spoons, thus reducing a further 53 tonnes of plastic from its flights per year.

To counter CO2 generated by meat production and cater to changing tastes, Finnair will also be introducing more vegetarian meal options for customers during 2020. The airline will take action to reduce food waste in catering operations by 50% by the end of 2022.