Sustainability is a top priority for Spanish flag carrier Iberia, and one of its key strategies is to reduce, re-use, and recycle plastics, achieved by means of the following initiatives: Reduction The initiatives listed below mean that each year 68.5 tonnes less plastic is loaded aboard Iberia aircraft: Paper has replaced plastic for wrapping blankets and duvets.The plastic packaging of some items in long-haul Business class toilet kits have been eliminated. Headphones in all seating classes are no longer wrapped in plastic.As of September, the plastic wrapping of children’s kits on long-haul flights will also be eliminated.Plastic swizzle sticks for beverages have been replaced with bamboo ones. Plastic bags used for collecting and storing soiled linen, blankets and pillows are now thinner. Paper drinking straws have replaced plastic ones.Plastic use on the ground has also been reduced dramatically at Iberia’s Premium Lounges in the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport, where returnable glass bottles have replaced cans and plastic containers, and suppliers have been asked to use bulk formats for many goods. This has led to a reduction of nearly one million cans and 200,000 plastic containers, or 23.5 tonnes of cans and 6.5 tonnes of plastic every yearRe-useWherever possible, Iberia re-uses plastic items, such as the bags used to collect and store cabin linen, blankets, etc. to reduce the impact of these products on the environment.Recycling Iberia’s LIFE+Zero Cabin Waste programme makes its operations more sustainable by recycling 80% of the cabin waste generated on board, including plastics. All these initiatives have been implemented within the framework of Iberia’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in this case refered to Goal 12: Responsible production and consumption. In adherence to the UN SDG Goal 13: Climate action, Iberia has implemented numerous measures to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, including the replacement of its fleet with aircraft that are between 15% and 25% more fuel efficient than their predecessors. Digital formats have replaced the newspapers and magazines once carried aboard, which alone accounts for a 615-tonne reduction in annual CO2 emissions. Bulky paper cockpit manuals and maps have also been replaced by digital media.
Thermal comfort is very individual and perceptibly influences the well-being of passengers. Lantal’s latest innovation, the Seat Heating & Cooling System, enables highest personal comfort and well-being and creates an individually adjustable microclimate independently of the cabin temperature. Visitors to this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo have the opportunity to test this special function on site at Stand 6E70 in Hall B6.The following experience is familiar to every traveler. You are sitting in an airplane and feel either too hot or too cold. You are uncomfortable and have few options to improve your microclimate, since cabin temperature control is centralized. Selective temperature control for seats as found in upscale automobiles has not been available in aircraft so far. This latest Lantal innovation delivers a personalized microclimate for First and Business Class passengers, regardless of the temperature in the cabin.Heating wires. Image: LantalSeat climate features such as heating and cooling can be combined to achieve genuine well-being. The result is optimized seat temperature profiles for each passenger with continuous moisture extraction to assure dry seat surfaces and an exceptional travel experience.Lantal’s Heating and Cooling System is based on Gentherm® technology. It creates added value for the airline’s brand. The modular system components can be easily combined and integrated into any seat concept.Installation and disassembly are simple and convenient. The Seat Heating and Cooling System was developed in compliance with specific industry standards and is designed to meet the most exacting reliability requirements.Lantal – The company Lantal is the leader in the design, production, and distribution of textiles, parts, and services for the international aircraft, bus, and railway markets as well as for business jets and superyachts. The company offers forward-looking counsel and coherent all-in-one solutions with the objective of achieving the ultimate in passenger well-being.