United Airlines made history on Wednesday when the most environmentally-friendly commercial flight in the history of aviation departed O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The flight, dubbed the “Flight for the Planet,” flew from Chicago to Los Angeles and took numerous key eco-friendly actions to commemorate World Environment Day.
“The Flight for the Planet [is] the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation,” United said in a statement.
The flight took a number of measures to ensure it was the most environmentally-friendly commercial flight. United used sustainable aviation biofuel to help power the plane, and demonstrated zero cabin waste by using plated service with fully recyclable or compostable service ware. In addition, the flight’s emissions were offset thanks to United’s partnership with a carbon offset provider, Conservation International.
“The historic Flight for the Planet showcases United’s philosophy of working together to find new and innovative ways to lead us into a more sustainable future,” said Scott Kirby, United’s president. “As an airline, we see our environment from a unique perspective every day and we know we must do our part to protect our planet and our skies.”
United Airlines has a major hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.