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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.

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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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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