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ANA Turns Aircraft Seat Covers into Slippers as Part of an Upcycling Initiative to Reduce Waste

Great Initiative: ANA old aircraft seat covers turns into Bags and slippers.

ANA Turns Aircraft Seat Covers into Slippers as Part of an Upcycling Initiative to Reduce Waste

ANA HOLDINGS INC. today announced the release of a new product from the ANA Up-cycle Project, a creative initiative to develop upcycled products from aircraft parts and uniforms.

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The limited-edition ANA house slippers were created in collaboration with the clothing company Onward Trading Co., Ltd. The two businesses joined forces as part of ANA’s Future Promiseblank and “Onward’s Re-make-up Project” to address the enormous textile disposal issue facing the apparel industry. In an effort to reduce waste, ANA Group and Onward Trading Co., Ltd. collaborated to create a desirable product from the usable pieces of seat covers that were faded, torn, or otherwise unfit for use on aircraft.

The production of ANA seat covers is strictly regulated, and they undergo regular maintenance and cleaning. The project transforms worn-out covers into cosy slippers in ANA’s emblematic dark blue colour rather than throwing them away. At a factory in Yamagata Prefecture, which manufactures the majority of Japan’s slippers, artisans meticulously handcraft each of these items one at a time. They visually inspect the seat covers that can be turned into slippers, and moulding, cutting, and sewing are all done by hand to extract the best qualities of the fabric and ensure the highest quality.

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The number of discarded seat covers determines how much fabric is available for the house slippers, so the ANA Group will start by selling 50 pairs. Later on, different types of house slippers with various patterns will be developed depending on the available seat covers. “ANA’s Special House Slippers” reservation lottery sales will start today, according to ANA Group.

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The ideas for the totes and slippers were first put forth by ANA employees, and more suggestions will undoubtedly be made in the future for the ANA Up-cycle Project. In order to build a society that is sustainable and friendly to the environment, ANA Group will keep working to reduce waste and make efficient use of resources.

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IndiGo beats Southwest Airlines to Become world’s largest airline by market cap

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India’s aviation giant, IndiGo, has soared to new heights, surpassing the renowned US-based Southwest Airlines to claim the title of the world’s third most valuable airline, as per Bloomberg data released on Wednesday.

The surge in IndiGo’s market capitalization, fueled by a remarkable 4.73% jump in its share price to Rs 3,806, catapulted its market value to $17.605 billion, edging past Southwest’s $17.333 billion market cap.

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IndiGo’s strategic plans for expansion further solidify its position in the global aviation landscape. With intentions to add 10 new destinations to its network in the fiscal year 2025, the airline anticipates a substantial increase in capacity and passenger growth, aiming for a gross addition of over one aircraft per week during the same period.

Such ambitious endeavors, coupled with a burgeoning demand for travel attributed to tourism and a stable oil price environment, have contributed to the surge in IndiGo’s stock prices. Analysts at InterGlobe Securities attribute indigo partners airlines upward trajectory to several factors, including the operational challenges faced by competitor Vistara and the burgeoning appetite for travel among Indian households.

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The rise in income has elevated air travel to a lifestyle staple, with leisure holidays becoming increasingly prevalent. indigo partners As the holiday season approaches, airports across the nation are bracing for heightened activity, promising sustained momentum for IndiGo in the months ahead.

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Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India’s much-anticipated cabin crew uniforms, designed by renowned fashion icon Manish Malhotra and unveiled with ceremony last December, have encountered a setback.

The airline’s cabin crew, who initially donned the stylish attire on the carrier’s A350 aircraft, have voiced grievances regarding the quality of the fabric. Reports suggest that concerns have arisen over issues such as fast-fading colors, casting a shadow over the otherwise celebrated launch of the new uniforms.

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Despite the initial excitement surrounding their debut, the practicality and durability of the fabric have come under scrutiny. In response to the feedback received from its cabin crew members, Air India is poised to address the fabric-related issues promptly. Sources indicate that the airline is gearing up to commence production for all cabin crew uniforms, ensuring that the concerns raised are duly taken into account.

An Air India spokesperson in a statement to PTI, confirming the forthcoming measures, stated that the production program for over 8,000 cabin crew members will kick off within a week’s time. The spokesperson reassured that steps are being taken to rectify the fabric issues and ensure that the new uniforms meet the expected standards of quality and durability.

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The new uniform will subsequently be distributed to the crew, aligned with the transition of Air India’s flagship A350 to long-haul international service in the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

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British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the airline will start the application window for its fully financed Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet programme, which will run for second year. 

This comes after an extraordinary response to its first year intake, where more than 20,000 applications were received for just 100 places. Aiming to level the playing field and remove the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their own training, the Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative is part of the airline’s £7 billion investment across the business.

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Simon Cheadle, Director of Flight Operations at British Airways, stated: “We’re quite proud to be able to give more people access to a career in aviation through this programme.”

“We are glad to provide this opportunity to many talented individuals who simply need a little assistance to fulfil their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. We know this from the tremendous response and high calibre of applications we had in the first year of Speedbird Pilot Academy.

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“Our investment in this programme will help to ensure our future generation of pilots for years to come. We want to continue attracting the best flying talent.” Candidates will be able to apply for up to 100 places on the programme – that will see the approximate £100,000 cost of their training covered entirely by the airline – through the British Airways careers site from April 16, 2024.

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