Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Taiwan-based China Airlines (CAL) on Wednesday operated a flight from Taipei to Singapore to show its commitment to sustainable development, as part of a global challenge launched by SkyTeam, one of the world’s three largest airline alliances.
Flight CI-753 featured up to 100 environmental and carbon reduction initiatives, including fuel-efficiency route planning, apron operations, online check-in, and in-flight catering and amenities, the SkyTeam member said in a press release.
CAL said the 4-hour-and-35-minute flight was selected to represent it in “The Sustainable Flight Challenge” of SkyTeam, which asked 17 participating airlines to find the most sustainable way to operate one single flight in their existing networks.
Winners of the challenge will be offered an award, according to organizers.
The carrier said the route for the demonstration flight optimized the altitude to improve fuel efficiency, while cabin amenities were made from recycled materials, including travel kits produced from discarded life jackets.
The food on aboard the flight was sourced mostly from local and seasonal Taiwanese ingredients in order to reduce carbon emissions of food’s life cycle, the airline said, adding that precision food preparation and supply were also enforced to avoid waste.
CAL said it also involved passengers in the challenge by offering incentives such as a rebate of up to 800 miles, 40 percent higher than standard mileage rewards.
The carrier said that for instance, to get the rebate, passengers were asked to pre-order in-flight meals, use self-service check-in, fill out the electronic health declaration form, as well as carry their own eco-friendly cutlery.
CAL said relative initiatives will be progressively rolled out where practical in the future, amid its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to reach the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, through strategies such as fleet renewal and reduction of weight of aircraft.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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