While accommodating the increasing customer demand for mobility, one challenge for the aviation industry is to maintain noise hindrance at an acceptable level for those living near airports. Fleet modernization and procedural improvements are the two pillars of our noise abatement strategy.
Fleet Renewal All our aircraft meet the criteria established by the ICAO Chapter 4 Noise standard, the most demanding norm covering the acoustic quality of civil aircraft.
In , Air France significantly reduced its noise footprint by withdrawing seven Boeing s from operational service. The last three aircraft of this type were retired in January Dialogue with residents, an apportunity to mitigate noise Air France engages in ongoing dialogue at local level to strengthen their relationships with stakeholders.
As soon as a technical solution was available, although there was no regulation requiring this, Air France decided to fit it on all the aircraft in its medium-haul fleet A, A, A, A Air France is mobilizing to equip the rest of the fleet by the end of Dialogue with residents, an opportunity to share the framework for sustainable development Air France meets with the representatives of local communities, airport authorities and air traffic control to identify measures and solutions to reduce noise hindrance that could affect people living near airports.
This working group notably noted the positive improvements done by Air France through: A rescheduling of the flights to Pointe-Noire Republic of Congo from 23h30 to the middle of the day from The monitoring of the flights scheduled for late at night or early in the morning at Paris-CDG, whatever the operating airline, will be the subject of a specific review by the "Night Flights" working group monitoring procedure.
Air transport is the only industry that fully finances such a comprehensive noise hindrance reduction system. We aim to minimize waste and to recycle and reprocess whenever possible throughout the supply chain. Working together to achive a key goal As a transport provider, we can be a catalyst in the value chain through procuring more sustainable and circularly produced goods. We handle a variety of different types of waste, particularly waste originating from flight and maintenance activities, both of which are subject to strict regulations.
These regulations can vary between destinations but can also be highly specific, such as the regulations on food waste from intercontinental flights, which has to be incinerated within 24 hours. Reducing waste also provides also a financial opportunity: We work closely with our suppliers and other parties to contribute towards the use of sustainable materials and resources throughout the value chain.
Everyone can recycle, produce less waste and adopt good practices. The results of the CSR survey among the Air France employees showed that the handling of waste was their main environmental consideration. The key to managing this onboard waste sustainably is through preventing waste by redesign and by separating the waste correctly.
KLM has been separating onboard waste with cup-collecting compartments in trolleys on all European flights since This not only makes recycling easier, it also saves space by stacking the cups.
Glass, cans, aluminum lids and PET bottles are also separated when collected, and recycled. Since the introduction of new crockery in Business Class at Air France, a significant number of glasses have been broken. In order to reduce this, dividers have been introduced to separate the glasses when they are stacked, thus reducing impacts and breakage. To ensure better handling of this bio-waste, employees are asked to sort waste.
Reduce Suppliers are also key to reducing waste. For example they can reduce the amount of packaging they use. Less packaging means less weight on-board and less CO2generated. Waste has been reduced by decreasing the amount of packaging of KLM catering products. The redesign of cardboard packaging for sandwiches led to a 50, kg reduction in the use of cardboard. On late night flights, customers do not consume all of the catering products carried on-board.
At Air France and KLM, the amount of products carried is adjusted on a regular basis to reduce waste, on-board weight, production costs and transport. Which gives us the opportunity to constantly update the information provided. This has resulted in a paper saving of over , sheets of paper annually. Crew briefings 40, per year are now available digitally as well.
At Air France, 4, pilots have been equipped with iPads instead of hard copy manuals: Using Follow Print, print jobs are printed only on request of the user at the printer, with an identification code and confirmation of the jobs to be printed. Where possible the principle of cradle-to-cradle is applied to bring waste back into a new production cycle with the goal of streamlining and controlling all technical waste flows.
The process includes procedures to reuse and recover spare parts. Each year, KLM assesses which waste streams can be re-used or recycled. In , the program focused on the plastics waste stream and investigated reuse opportunities for plastic cabin components. Orange waste bins iconic for separating plastics in the Netherlands were placed in all maintenance buildings.
In October KLM opened the plastic repair shop, where aircraft components that were previously replaced immediately, are repaired and given a new life. Additionally, the repairs can be carried out quickly. The shop managed to repair 70 back rests within one shift during a Boeing FC check. Recycle Air France and KLM are also working on initiatives to recycle and upcycle waste into new uses. Air France recycles a significant proportion of reusable equipment, like trays, drawers, blankets and trolleys.
Items designed with eco-design approaches, which take the entire life cycle of products into account, are favored. Four families of materials are recycled: Plastic, metal, textiles and paper. Air France is reconditioning certain items under a range of non-aeronautical products, marked in company colors.
For example, old life vests have been used to make purses; these are available to buy onboard Air France flights. Partner in the circular economy We work with various partners to promote the circular economy in closing loops and to identify wider potential scope for recycling.
In , we continued contribution to feasibility studies to set up circular economy initiatives in the area surrounding Paris-CDG and Schiphol airports. We aim to integrate the circular economy in our operations to optimize environmental and financial performance regarding waste treatment.
Actions such as reducing the amount of minerals used such as Titanium and Nickel in producing aircraft parts, or by giving a new lease of life to used products have an impact on the environment, generate both savings and additional revenue.