Turkish Airlines Is Protecting The Future

Bringing regions, cultures, and economies together with flights operating to over 300 destinations on five continents, Turkish Airlines continues to open its wingsfor the future of the world.

During 2021, the global brand prevented tens of thousands of trees from being cut and hundreds of thousands of cubic meter water from being contaminated with its sustainability operations with four focal points: humanity, world, improvement, and management function Turkish Airlines is campaigning against the environmental problems facing the world in areas where the airline is operating, ranging from air cargo to catering onboard, to aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and ground services at the airports.

The flag carrier’s latest initiative was using environmentally-friendly fuel during its Istanbul–Paris flight on Feb. 2.

The global brand plans to increase the frequencies and destinations that use this fuel, which is now being used on one flight per week to Paris, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, London and Stockholm.

As the region’s foremost MRO company with the technical abilities it possesses, Turkish Technic promises a more environmentally conscious future with its renewed facilities. Turkish Technic’s C/D hangar, which is one of the service locations of the company and Turkiye’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility under one roof, stores rainwater and turns it into usable water.

This water, which is stored and treated via a rainwater collection system, is then used all over the facility for day to day use to process water instead of drawing water from the city’s water supplies.

During 2021, 54% of the facility’s water usage was met with rainwater. Earning over US$1 billion revenue with its 2021 operations, Turkish Technic makes a significant contribution to Turkiye’s exports while ensuring that by treating the water that was used during these operations, the company prevented the waste of 1.471 million liters of water which equals the usage of 59,000 people.

On top of that, the successful brand prevented 6,710 trees from being cut by recycling 632 tons of non-hazardous waste and ensured 39,119 m3 of soil stayed clean by the recovery of 700 tons of hazardous waste.

As the fastest growing brand of the global cargo sector, Turkish Cargo supports projects that ease international trade in accordance with its sustainability strategy. The successful brand supports the Uganda Project, one of the country projects of The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, which aims to improve and grow the export of Uganda.

Turkish Cargo provides training support for Ugandan personnel, sharing its operational experience to contribute towards digitalization and improvement in capacity for the air cargo sector in Uganda. Turkish Ground Services (TGS) possesses 309 electric vehicles in nine airports located in Istanbul and Anatolia and that number is rising every day. It ranges from pushback vehicles that move aircraft to baggage tractors to electric vehicles contributing to the environmentally conscious operations of TGS.

When the daily active hours of vehicles are counted, they collectively travel approximately 38,000 d km every day, almost the circumference of Earth. Working with a zero-waste goal on all of its work processes, the ground services operator prevented 2152 tons of hazardous and 294 tons of non-hazardous waste from being mixed with nature during 2021 just on the airports in Istanbul.  The biggest returns for the environmentalist operations of Turkish Airlines comes from fuel saving efforts.

By productively adapting processes such as single engine taxi methods, route optimizations and flight center of gravity during planning to operations, the flag carrier saved 37,820 tons of fuel and prevented 116,809 tons of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere during 2021.

This equals 292,000 trees being planted or 473 flights between Istanbul and New York with wide body aircraft. Operating with one of the world’s youngest fleets, the flag carrier airline aims to increase its fuel-saving by enhancing its fleet with new generation aircraft.

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