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Alaska Airlines Eliminates Inflight Plastic Cups



Source: Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines has made history by becoming the first major US airline to eliminate inflight plastic cups.

The airline announced the completion of its transition to paper cups in a press release, revealing of the move, “Doing the right thing is one of our core values.”

The airline said in a press release that switching from plastic to paper cups on flights will eliminate more than 55 plastic cups annually. Combined with Alaska Airlines’ Boxed Water partnership, the changes will eliminate 2.2 million pounds of plastic waste from landfills yearly – the equivalent of 24 Boeing 737s!

“Doing the right thing is one of our core values and nothing is more right and urgent than protecting the beautiful places that we connect our guests to through flight,” said Todd Traynor-Corey, managing director of guest products for Alaska Airlines. “This is another important step in our journey to eliminate single-use plastics and an important step for the industry to see how product innovations can chart a course to a greener future.”

According to a press release from the airline, all inflight beverages on Alaska flights are now served in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper cups or reusable glassware for most First Class services.