One airline halts in-flight duty-free in an effort to reduce emissions
We’re all striving to reduce our emissions these days, but a Scandinavian airline has taken a decisive step to addressing its own carbon footprint.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced that it will not be selling duty-free goods on-board its planes from the autumn, in an endeavour to cut emissions by at least 25% by 2030. In eliminating tax-free sales during flights, it hopes to save fuel consumption by reducing the weight of the aircraft, thus lowering emissions that contribute to global warming.
The airline plans to look at developing more modern solutions for the buying and receiving of goods, as part of its overall plan to become more eco-conscious. The plan includes the introduction of new, fuel-efficient aircraft with lower emissions, improved access to high-quality biofuel and weight reductions on its existing aircraft. There will also be a new partnership with Airbus that will see it develop electric and hybrid aircraft.
The move sees SAS joining other airlines in implementing initiatives that will help to reduce fuel consumption. Dutch airline KLM has already ended on-board duty-free sales, although it cited the rise of internet shopping and competition from airport retail sales for that decision. Finnair announced last year that it was removing in-flight print newspapers and magazines, and offering its passengers over 50 international newspapers in PDF format via its Nordic Sky portal on its A330 and A350 aircraft. Lufthansa also allows its passengers to download a selection of newspapers and magazines before and after their flight.
“Every step on the way to sustainable travel is important,” says SAS executive vice president for commercial activities, Karl Sandlund. “Every initiative to reduce weight and thereby cut fuel consumption helps.”
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