Vietnam Airlines recently joined “The Sustainable Flight Challenge” (TSFC) launched by the SkyTeam Airline Alliance. A total of 16 airlines from various countries including the United States, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, China, and Korea, among others, are participating in this great initiative.

Participating airlines will compete against one another to operate the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable flights. They will be judged across 14 categories by an international panel. The challenge’s first round covers long-haul flights of more than 5,000km and medium-haul flights of 1,500 to 5,000km.

For this challenge, Vietnam Airlines conducted its first flight from Hanoi to Seoul (South Korea) and scheduled the next long-haul flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne (Australia). Passengers on this flight will receive an eco-friendly cloth bag – a small yet meaningful gift. As the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines is always at the forefront of environmental conservation. We have reduced nylon usage for wrapping luggage and cargo and introduced new aircraft models, such as Airbus A350s, Boeing 787s, and A321neos that help cut down emissions by 50%, fuel usage by 16%, and noise by 75%. This has contributed to saving 12 billion fuel tons per year.

Soon, Vietnam Airlines will implement an electronic food menu and newspaper reading application on mobile devices to slash our paper consumption. From July 1, 2022, the national airline will also introduce a new set of ceramic eating utensils to serve Business class passengers. The new dining set is expected to reduce aircraft weight by 10%, helping to further save on fuel consumption.