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August 6 2009

JAL Saves Fuel and CO2 with Plastic Wine Bottles

I read today in The Daily Yomiuri that JAL (Japanese Airlines) is replacing the glass wine bottles on their flights with lighter plastic ones.

Apparently this will reduce the weight of the plane by about 37kg (for 300 bottles) which will save them 20 litres of fuel and 52kg of CO emissions!

Who’d have thought?

The wine is Baron Maxine and will from today (6th August 2009) be served in PET bottles (as plastic bottles are called here in Japan).


I have to say this is a great idea, not just because of the ecological (and economical) impact but also, when I was at university, during the holidays I used to work at Heathrow airport packing the trolleys of drinks that would go up and down the aisles of the planes.

Everyday we had to fish out broken pieces of glass where the wine bottles had smashed during the flight. So this will be a lot safer for people too. Not to mention how much those trolleys used to weigh, especially when you’re trying to push 4 or 5 of them down the warehouse to the delivery truck.


There was also a great quote from a JAL spokesperson at the end of the article:

Many a little makes a muckle…

Does anyone actually say stuff like that? It made me wonder if it was a Japanese spokesperson who’d thought they’d try out the phrase – maybe an English teacher was bored one day and thought they’d teach weird phrases. I know I used to when I was teaching English here in Japan. 🙂


  1. With the cost of shipping always rising, the plastic bottle would be the ideal way to lower cost. I personally don’t like this, so I would suggest giving the consumer a choice of glass or plastic.

    Comment by Joeshico — August 6, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  2. This is a great way for all airlines to lower fuel costs and decrease their carbon footprint. Too bad the US airlines are not as much in synch. It seems that the USA airline fuel buyers are not communicating with the ailine wine buyers. If they got together the US airlines would all make the change immediately.
    PET bottles are available from EnVino, a plastics company in northern California for any winery to use to pack wines for airlines. EnVino can fill the bottles also as fillinf of the airline size wine bottle is only done by a few wineries.

    Comment by Marc Kauffman — August 7, 2009 @ 2:08 am

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