ecoFlights: Building the Future of Sustainable Air Travel | Etihad
Etihad Airways once again takes to the skies with its first Greenliner ecoFlight for 2021, testing eco-friendly initiatives in support of sustainable aviation.
With the objective to be the “Safest, Greenest flight”; this ecoflight will demonstrate Covid-19 health and safety measures (Wellness) alongside environmental conservation priorities (Sustainability). Operated on the signature Etihad Greenliner, the aircraft is completely carbon neutral for the entirety of 2021 (a sum of approximately 80,000 tonnes of CO2 (equivalent to approximately 100,000 trees), in the first carbon offset programme in the region, with the next phase to include offering guest carbon offset options for their journey. On the back of a testing year for the industry, Etihad successfully took part in the 2020 Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program, and this latest ecoFlight aims to further prove the airline’s commitment to sustainable aviation amid a challenging operational environment, ensuring the highest standard of Covid-19 safety and wellness protocols.
The latest edition of Etihad ecoFlights boasts a range of sustainable suppliers, with a focus for locally produced, UAE sourced products, reduced single use plastic items as well as overall weight reduction on board. In addition to this, increased operational efficiencies such as potable water loading, use of electric tractors, and flight path optimisation in collaboration with ANSP’s has supported even more efficient flying.