Turkish Airlines focuses on caring for the environment
By uniting regions, cultures and economies with flights operating to more than 300 destinations on five continents, the airline continues to spread its wings for the future of the world
During 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 with its sustainability operations with 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 operates, ranging from air cargo to in-flight catering, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and ground services in the airports. The latest initiative of the flag carrier was to use green fuel during 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 one flight per week 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 uniquely beautiful regions with their natural, historical, financial or cultural assets is an important matter for Turkish Airlines. While we bring many to these wonders every day, we also wish to bring these rare works of our world intact into the future. With this perspective, we are optimizing all of our operations with sustainable efforts to protect our world for future generations. Turkish Airlines will continue to fly in the blue of the sky because of the green of the ground,” Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Prof.
Aircraft Maintenance Hangar Recycles Rainwater into Usable Water
As the leading MRO company in the region with the technical capabilities it possesses, Turkish Technic promises a more environmentally conscious future with its refurbished facility. 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 converts it into usable water. This water, which is stored and treated through a rainwater harvesting system, is then used throughout the facility for daily use to process water instead of drawing water from city water supplies. During 2021, 54% of the facility's water use was covered by rainwater.
With revenues of over $1 billion from its 2021 operations, Turkish Technic makes a significant contribution to Turkey's exports while ensuring that by treating the water used during these operations, the company prevented $1.471 billion in 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 tons of non-hazardous waste and ensured the cleaning of 39,119 m3 of soil with the recovery of 700 tons of hazardous waste.
TGS electric vehicles cover approximately 38 thousand km per day
Turkish Ground Services (TGS) owns 309 electric vehicles in nine airports located in Istanbul and Anatolia and that number is increasing every day. It ranges from pusher vehicles that move aircraft 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 approximately 38 thousand km every 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 tons of hazardous waste and 294 tons of non-hazardous waste from mixing with nature during 2021 at Istanbul airports alone.
The aircraft saved enough fuel to match the planting of 292,000 trees in one year
The biggest 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 during operations planning, the flag carrier saved 37,820 tons of fuel and prevented 116 809 tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere during 2021. This is equivalent to 292 thousand trees planted or 473 flights between Istanbul and New York with wide-body aircraft.
Operating with one of the youngest fleets in the world, the flag carrier aims to increase its fuel economy by upgrading its fleet with new generation aircraft.