Sustainability takes flight with ANA Green Jet

All Nippon's Airways new Green Jet emits less carbon emissions through environmentally friendly in-flight operations.

ANA Green Jet features livery with a special riblet texture that will decrease drag and CO2 emissions.
ANA Green Jet features livery with a special riblet texture that will decrease drag and CO2 emissions. Photo Credit: Adobe/petrovalexey

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has embarked on a green mission with its special aircraft ANA Green Jet, which has been developed to raise awareness and promote sustainable practices, and reduce CO2 emissions.

Two ANA Green Jet aircraft have been designed with artistic livery featuring ANA Future Promise (AFP) initiative, which started in 2021, to integrate environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG) components.

“Our goal is to create a more sustainable society while helping our local communities and enhancing corporate value. We have dedicated this aircraft to help promote these efforts,” said ANA President and CEO Shinichi Inoue.

He added that ANA is working hard to create a safe, efficient and sustainable operation by utilising current technology advancements and investing in new solutions.

One aircraft entered service between Tokyo Haneda and San Francisco on 5 October while the other would operate domestic routes starting November.

According to ANA, a special material developed by Nikon Corporation, which has a “shark skin effect” together with a riblet texture is featured on the aircrafts.

The airline would study the “decrease in air resistance and CO2 emission reduction” of the aircraft, as well as the material's durability and technology.

Other attributes of the aircraft include vegan leather headrest covers manufactured by Toray Industries Inc and appcycle Inc.

The headrest consists of 100% plant-based Polyethylene terephthalate (PET2), a recyclable material, and the residue of juice made from apples grown in Aomori Prefecture.

ANA has also launched a resource recycling scheme with Sojitz Pla-Net Corporation, the first of its kind in Japan's transportation industry, where used plastic films from cargo would be recycled and reproduced into plastic products for the group.

Moving forward, ANA plans to develop upcycled products using aircraft parts and uniforms, as well as encourage customer participation in the programme.

Source: Travel Weekly Asia

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