Etihad introduces eco-friendly, on-board dining

The airline commits to its sustainability goal of removing 80 percent of single-use plastic from its operation.

Etihad Airways’s new dining experience features reusable tableware made from recycled high-quality plastic
Etihad Airways’s new dining experience features reusable tableware made from recycled high-quality plastic Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways unveils its new Economy class soft furnishings and tableware at Arabian Travel Market, which will be launched on board in the fourth quarter of the year. The new products have been designed with sustainability and improved guest experience in mind.

The Economy class experience will be upgraded with new soft furnishings for all guests in Economy, including a 35 percent larger pillow with a 200 thread-count cotton cover made locally in the UAE. This is complemented by a soft blanket made from recycled plastic for additional comfort on all flights.

Etihad’s new dining experience features reusable tableware made from recycled high-quality plastic and eliminates the use of single-use plastic. The tray, serving plates and their lids are part of a closed-loop recycling system. At the end of their lifecycle, they are collected, washed, ground, and reused to make new replacement products.

Etihad is also introducing quality stainless-steel cutlery into the Economy cabin, which upgrades the experience and also reduces single-use plastic.

“Following extensive research and development through our eco-flights over the past few years, we’re proud to reveal the first in a series of enhancements to our inflight experience… We look forward to rolling out this new experience across the fleet towards the latter part of the year,” says Terry Daly, Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand and Marketing.

In 2019, Etihad had committed to removing 80% of single-use plastic from its operation by the end of 2022. It is also moving towards locally produced items which will further improve the overall environmental impact of the operation.



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