In 2021, Turkish Airlines avoided the felling of tens of thousands of trees and the pollution of hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of water through its sustainability operations on four axes: humanity, world, improvement and management function .
Turkish Airlines is campaigning against the environmental issues facing the world in the areas where the airline operatesranging from air cargo and in-flight catering, to aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and airport ground services.
The airline’s latest initiative has been to use ecological fuel during your flight Istanbul – Paris on February 2, 2022. The global brand plans to increase the frequencies and destinations using this fuel, which is now used on one flight per week to Paris, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, London and Stockholm.
“We are the airline that serves more countries than any other with 128 countries in our flight network. Protecting the future of these uniquely beautiful regions with their natural, historical, financial or cultural assets is an important issue for Turkish Airlines. With this in mind, we are optimizing all our operations with sustainable efforts to protect our world for future generations. Turkish Airlines will continue to fly in the blue of the sky for the green of the ground.” declared Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, Professor Ahmet Bolat.
The aircraft maintenance hangar recycles rainwater into usable water
As a leading MRO company in the region with the technical capabilities it has, Turkish technique promises a more environmentally friendly future with its renovated facilities. Turkish Technic’s C/D Hangar, which is one of the company’s service locations and Turkey’s largest aircraft maintenance facility under one roof, stores rainwater and turns it into usable water. This water, which is stored and treated by a rainwater harvesting system, is then used throughout the facility for daily use to treat water instead of drawing water from municipal water supplies. city. In 2021, 54% of the facility’s water consumption was covered by rainwater.
With revenues of over $1 billion with its 2021 operationsTurkish Technic makes a significant contribution to Turkey’s exports while ensuring that by treating the water that has been used in these operations, the company avoided the waste of 1,471 million liters of water, which is equivalent to the use of 59,000 people. Besides, avoided the felling of 6,710 trees by recycling 632 tons of non-hazardous waste and ensured the cleaning of 39,119 m3 of land with the recovery of 700 tons of hazardous waste.
TGS electric vehicles travel approximately 38,000 km per day
Turkish Ground Services (TGS) has 309 electric vehicles in nine airports located in Istanbul and Anatolia and this number is increasing every day. These range from pushers that move planes to baggage tractors and electric vehicles that contribute to TGS’s green operations. When the daily active hours of the vehicles are counted, collectively they travel about 38,000 km each day, almost the circumference of the Earth.
The company’s environmental actions are not limited to this either. Working with the goal of zero waste in all its work processes, the ground services operator prevented 2,152 tonnes of hazardous waste and 294 tonnes of non-hazardous waste from mixing with nature in 2021 only at Istanbul airports.
Plane saved enough fuel to match planting 292,000 trees in one year
The greatest benefits to Turkish Airlines’ green operations come from fuel saving efforts. By productively adapting processes such as single-engine taxiing methods, route optimization and flight center of gravity when planning operations, the airline saved 37,820 tonnes of fuel and prevented 116,809 tonnes of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere in 2021. This is equivalent to 292,000 trees planted or 473 flights between Istanbul and New York with jumbo jets.