National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has completed SkyTeam’s ‘Sustainable Flight Challenge’, designed to encourage global airlines to find innovative ways to make air travel greener, on long-haul flight VN37 from Hanoi to Frankfurt (Germany).
On this special flight, Vietnam Airlines implemented several environmental protection activities including giving passengers bags made from recycled life vests, serving sustainably sourced meals, and encouraging passengers to use their personal items instead of single-use disposables available onboard.
Joining hands with social enterprise Limloop, Vietnam Airlines recycled hundreds of unusable life vests that no longer met safety requirements into handbags for passengers.
Moreover, Vietnam Airlines also served a sustainable inflight meal using seasonal ingredients as well as a plant-based alternative protein sourced from sustainably grown soybeans, in partnership with the US Soybean Export Council (USSEC).
These initiatives enabled the airline to reduce emissions and in-flight waste, making the flight more eco-friendly.
The airline is also working with VietHarvest to supply excess food from its kitchens to ensure this quality food is provided to people in need, rather than going to waste.
Dang Anh Tuan – Head of Corporate Communications, Vietnam Airlines said, “Enhancing our sustainability efforts by introducing new solutions that reduce environmental impact is one of many meaningful activities that we are working on, and we believe this can make a positive impact on our society and inspire airlines worldwide to change.
“Vietnam Airlines is determined to reinforce our commitment to environmental goals, including net zero emissions by 2050.”