Join purser Angelika Hönigmann, a member of the Austrian Airlines ‘Fly greener’ team, as she and her colleagues collect plastic cups for the OMV ReOil research project. This is highly worthwhile, as 100kg of used plastic can produce 100 liters of synthetic crude.
Since the end of 2018, Austrian Airlines flight attendants have been separating the plastic cups used by passengers from the rest of the waste. A disposal company then cleans and shreds them before delivering them to the ReOil pilot plant at the Schwechat Refinery. A process known as thermal cracking is used to produce synthetic crude from plastic waste. This crude is then processed in the Schwechat Refinery into fuel or other raw materials for the plastics industry. With this recycling initiative, Austrian Airlines is supporting a circular economy that conserves resources.