Thursday, August 29, 2019

Air India Express and Alliance Air flights to stop single-use plastic from October 2

Mumbai: Air India will ban single use plastic from its Alliance Air and Air India Express flights from October 2. Air India flights will be covered in the second phase, said Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani on Thursday.
Among the measures the national carrier will take to cut down plastic use is to replace plastic packaging with butter paper.
"Banana chips and sandwiches which are presently packed in plastic pouch which will be packed in butter paper pouches. Cake slices uplifted in the snacks box will be replaced with muffins to avoid the present plastic wrapping,’’ said an Air India spokesperson.
For special meals that are ordered and paid for by passangers in advance, Air India will use eco-friendly brich wood cutlery in place of plastic cutlery. "Crew meal cutlery will be replaced with light weight steel cutlery. Plastic tumblers will be replaced with paper tumblers. Plastic tea cups will be replaced with sturdy paper cups,’’ said the spokesperson.
Initiatives to cut down plastic use in civil aviation sector began months ago with airports like Mumbai cutting down on plastic use in their food and beverage outlets.
29/08/19 Manju V/Times of India
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