Akasa Air takes off with Recycled Uniforms
India has another low-cost airline, Akasa Air, and if you happen to take one of its flights, you may be impressed with the crew’s uniform, unveiled recently.
Striving to be the world’s most environmentally friendly airline, Akasa is outfitting its crew in pants and jackets made of recycled polyester fabric. The fabric has been recycled from plastic bottles salvaged from marine waste, according to Akasa. Flight attendants will also wear sneakers with recycled rubber soles.
Akasa CEO and co-founder Vinay Dube believes the airline can also help the environment through its flying methods. “We can look to get systems that reduce hold times or create more direct routings or have a continuous descent approach, which takes less fuel, instead of a step-descent approach,” Dube told the travel website Skift.
Beginning its operations with two aircraft, Akasa plans to have 18 planes by the end of the fiscal year, and as many as 72 by 2027.
“Our forte will be flying from the metropolitan cities to tier two and tier three cities,” Dube said. “For instance, we would be offering flights from Bengaluru to Coimbatore, Mumbai to Ahmedabad, Delhi to Srinagar and Chandigarh.”
Once it has 20 aircraft in its fleet, Akasa plans to offer international flights to the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other parts of Asia.
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