In 2021, the global brand avoided the felling of tens of thousands of trees and the contamination of hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of water thanks to its sustainability operations on four axes: people, world, improvement and function of management.
Turkish Airlines is campaigning against the environmental issues facing the world in areas where the airline operates, ranging from air cargo to in-flight catering, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and ground services at airports. The flag carrier’s latest initiative was to use green fuel on its Istanbul – Paris flight on February 2, 2022. The global brand plans to increase the frequencies and destinations that use this fuel, which is now used on a weekly flight to Paris. , Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, London and Stockholm.
“We are the airline that flies to more countries than any other with 128 countries in our flight network and each destination we fly to has its own uniqueness waiting to be discovered. Protecting the future of these regions from a unique beauty with their natural, historical, financial or cultural assets is an important issue for Turkish Airlines. While we bring a lot to these wonders every day, we also want to bring these rare works of our world intact into the future. In this perspective, we are optimizing all of our operations with enduring efforts to protect our world for future generations. Turkish Airlines will continue to fly in the blue of the sky by the green of the ground,” said Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, Professor Ahmet Bolat, on green operations.
The aircraft maintenance hangar recycles rainwater into usable water
As the leading MRO company in the region with the technical capabilities at its disposal, Turkish Technic promises a more environmentally friendly future with its renovated facilities. Turkish Technic’s C/D hangar, which is one of the company’s service sites and Turkey’s largest aircraft maintenance facility under one roof, stores rainwater and converts it to water usable. 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 from its operations in 2021, Turkish Technic is making a significant contribution to Turkey’s exports while ensuring that by treating the water used in these operations, the company avoided 1.471 billion dollars of waste liters of water, which is equivalent to the use of 59 thousand people. In addition, the successful brand avoided the felling of 6,710 trees by recycling 632 tonnes of non-hazardous waste and ensured the cleaning of 39,119 m3 of soil with the recovery of 700 tonnes 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 towards zero waste in all its work processes, the ground handling operator prevented 2,152 tonnes of hazardous waste and 294 tonnes of non-hazardous waste from mixing with nature in 2021 at Istanbul airports alone .
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 taxi methods, route optimization and flight center of gravity when planning operations, the flag carrier saved 37,820 tonnes of fuel and avoided 116,809 tonnes of carbon emissions into the atmosphere in 2021. This is equivalent to 292 thousand trees planted or 473 flights between Istanbul and New York with jumbo jets.
Operating with one of the youngest fleets in the world, the flag carrier aims to increase its fuel economy by modernizing its fleet with next-generation aircraft.