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Vietnam Airlines accomplishes SkyTeam’s Sustainable Flight Challenge

Vietnam Airlines accomplishes SkyTeam’s Sustainable Flight Challenge

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 11:14 GMT+7
Vietnam Airlines accomplishes SkyTeam’s Sustainable Flight Challenge
A Vietnam Airlines cabin crew member gives bags recycled from old life jackets to passengers. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines has completed the Sustainable Flight Challenge, a sustainability initiative launched by the global airline alliance SkyTeam, on its flight VN37 leaving Hanoi for Germany’s Frankfurt.

On the long-haul Hanoi-Frankfurt flight operated last Friday, the Vietnamese national flag carrier adopted environmental protection measures, such as giving its passengers bags recycled from old life jackets, serving sustainable meals, and encouraging passengers to carry their personal items instead of utilizing single-use items provided on board.

The carrier collaborated with Limloop, a social business producing sustainable bags through plastic recycling and creating jobs for the disabled, to recycle old life jackets that no longer meet safety requirements into sustainable bags.

This is one of the innovative ideas that the carrier has implemented in an attempt to align its business strategies with environmental protection measures, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from plastic waste disposal.

Moreover, these recycled bags are made by artisans with disabilities at Limloop.

In addition, the carrier served passengers boarding this flight with nutritionally balanced and sustainable meals, consisting of domestically sourced seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as plant-based protein alternatives.

The meals also included more local dishes in order to introduce the culinary delights of Vietnam to international visitors.

In the near future, Vietnam Airlines is set to establish partnership with VietHarvest, a social business dedicated to rescuing good quality leftovers, to distribute the food to disadvantaged people and organizations.

Passengers who brought their personal items, such as water bottles, on board will receive a 10 percent discount for their next international flight operated by Vietnam Airlines during the rest of 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Passengers who bring their personal items, such as water bottles, on board will receive a 10 percent discount for their next international flight operated by Vietnam Airlines during the rest of 2023. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

In its second year taking part in the Sustainable Flight Challenge, Vietnam Airlines requested its passengers bring their personal items on board, such as water bottles, blankets, jackets, toothpastes, and toothbrushes to reduce the utilization of single-use items offered on board.

One of the passengers aboard this Hanoi-Frankfurt flight, Mai Huong, residing in Hanoi, said that the flight created humane values for the environment through its practices of offering recycled bags and sustainable meals to passengers.

The Sustainable Flight Challenge is a sustainability initiative launched by the SkyTeam Airline Alliance to promote innovation and ideas that help reduce the aviation industry’s environmental impacts.

This year’s challenge, which lasted from May 15 to 28, attracted the participation of 22 airlines, including 15 SkyTeam members.

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Hong Ngan - Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre News

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