How Airlines Are Observing Earth Day in 2024

by Anthony Losanno
Earth Day

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Commercial airlines and protecting the environment are not usually thought of as two things that go well together. Aviation accounts for 2.5% of global CO₂ emissions, but it has contributed about 4% to global warming to date. Many airlines offer carbon offsets with each flight and for Earth Day, several are highlighting recent achievements, sales, and more.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska was the first US carrier to eliminate single-use plastic cups in flight. This meant that 55 million less were used each year. Along with a partnership with Boxed Water, the airline has reduced 22 million pounds of plastic waste.

American Airlines

American has partnered with the National Park Foundation and made it easy for AAdvantage members to donate miles to support its preservation efforts.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific has multiple green initiatives including using more reusable cutlery, introducing paper cups, and partnered with local restaurants for more sustainable, plant based meals.

Frontier Airlines

I’m not sure how this is measured, but Frontier claims to be 43% more fuel efficient than other airlines and is offering a $43 sale for roundtrip airfare today.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit has one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the US. The low-cost carrier encourages employees to continue to participate in sustainable efforts throughout the year such as tree planting and ocean cleanups.

Turkish Airlines

While Turkish Airlines social post doesn’t call out any specific initiatives, I included it for its beautiful imagery of some of the world’s natural and historical beauty.

Anthony’s Take: Climate change is real and the Earth is warming. Everyone can do their part (even airlines) to help offset the effects of aircraft around the globe.

(Featured Image Credit: Fateme Alaie.)

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1 comment

DaninMCI April 23, 2024 - 4:40 am

It’s all virtue signaling. People will laugh at all this in decades to come.


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