Turkish Airlines has operated its first flight with environmentally branded aircraft to designate a variety of sustainability elements onboard. The planes, adorned with a leaf design, are Airbus 321 type TC-JSU tail number aircraft and are operated using biofuel and with a zero-waste principle. Special measures included wooden salt and pepper shakers, pillow covers and blankets produced with 100% recycled threads and wooden toys for children. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, chairman of the board, said the newly designed aircraft underline the importance of sustainability to the company. “We wish to emphasize the significance of using sustainable aviation fuel,” he said, “as [fuel] is one of the biggest hurdles of [the] aviation industry’s struggle against carbon emissions.” The carrier, according to an announcement, will continue its efforts to lower its carbon emissions with new generation aircraft added to its already young fleet with an average age of 8.5 years, while planning to add new cities served with operations using biofuel, including Stockholm, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Paris and London.

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