The move is aimed at cutting the airline’s carbon footprint while improving its level of cleanliness and hygiene.
While airlines across the globe have temporarily pulled reading material from aircraft cabins and lounges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one Japanese carrier is making that change permanent. Come April, All Nippon Airways will be switching to a digital format for all printed publications, making them available on the Internet and the ANA mobile app. Physical copies of its inflight magazine Tsubasa Global Wings or any newspapers will no longer be carried on board, thereby reducing the risk of disease transmission through high-touch surfaces while cutting the company’s carbon footprint by approximately 1,540 tons of paper emissions per year. According to the airline, this will help advance ANA’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Hideki Kunugi, the carrier’s Executive Vice President for Customer Experience, said in a statement, “ANA has always focused on embracing the latest technology and this transition to digital format will increase flexibility for passengers and further supports our commitment to sustainability. This is really a win-win for passengers as the move to digital allows us to significantly increase our selection of media while increasing hygiene in lounges and aboard aircraft.”
The design of Tsubasa Global Wings has been updated to make it easier to read on screens, with content available in Japanese, English, and Chinese, just like in the original paper format. Passengers will be able to download digital copies of magazines and newspapers on the ANA smartphone app up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure time of their flights, and the content can be accessed for another 24 hours after travelers arrive at their destination.
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