All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced that it will soon begin service on its ANA Green Jet, the special aircraft developed to raise awareness and promote sustainable practices and reduce CO2 emissions.
The new aircraft will enter service beginning with the Tokyo Haneda-San Francisco flight on October 5, 2022.
ANA noted that a total of two aircraft with the special livery will enter service, with the aircraft for international routes (aircraft number: JA871A) entering service this month and the aircraft for domestic routes (aircraft number: JA874A) to begin operating in November.
"Our goal is to create a more sustainable society while helping our local communities and enhancing corporate value and we have dedicated this aircraft to help promote these efforts," said Shinichi Inoue, ANA president and CEO.
"Utilizing the technological advances currently available and investing in new solutions, ANA is working hard to create a safe, efficient and sustainable operation," Inoue added.
The ANA Green Jet will have a special livery featuring the ANA Future Promise (AFP) initiative, which began in 2021 and encompasses ANA Group's activities in environmental, social responsibility and governance areas.
The aircraft will also feature a special material developed by Nikon Corporation, which is expected to have a "shark skin effect" with its riblet texture.
ANA said it will study the decrease in air resistance and CO2 emission reduction of the aircraft, as well as the material's durability and technology
The seats of the ANA Green Jet will also feature special headrest covers using vegan leather developed by Toray Industries, Inc. and Aomori Prefecture-based venture company appcycle, Inc, respectively.
In an effort to reduce the disposal of resources, the ANA Group has launched a resource recycling scheme together with Sojitz Pla-Net Corporation. This will see plastic coverings used by ANA's cargo division collected and recycled into other plastic products used in the carrier's operations.
Furthermore, the ANA Group is initiating a program towards the upcycling of aircraft parts and uniforms, etc.