I know that I touch on the topic of green travel, a lot, but to me it is an important and relevant subject. Plus, I think my readers know about the stress of long airports lines, the perks of their favorite carrier. These are things that you may be on your travel-minded radar, but it’s on mine, so here goes with my brief round-up of the two latest news items on green travel.
Airplanes produce a lot of in-flight trash: plastic cups, aluminum cans, etc. We know this. So does Green Skies, an aviation consulting firm based in Orlando. They contend that carriers will generate over 7,000 tons of recyclable trash in 2008. By 2013, Green Skies says that U.S. airline passengers will create 8,500 tons of aluminum can and plastic bottle waste. Pretty frightening, huh?
But Green Skies isn’t setting their sights unreasonably high. They’re hoping to get airlines to recycle 25 percent by 2013, 50 percent by 2015, and 100 percent by 2018.
So far at least three have high-profile carriers are championing eco-efforts: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Air New Zealand.
Also on the forefront of the green push is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner; unfortunately though, we may not get to fly this green machine as soon as originally thought. Fifty-six airlines worldwide have ordered 857 of the fuel-efficient, long-range twinjets. Its fuselage and wings are carbon fiber, not metal.
The first round of jets was originally set to debut this May. The latest target date is now set for early 2009. Boeing has blamed parts shortages, start-up issue, and its international supply chain. Still the fuel-efficient aircraft is going forward for release, and I think this movement bodes well for travel to come.