New York, NY – China’s Xiamen Airlines recently committed to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. This was made evident through the agreement signed at the UN headquarters by Ms. Gallach and the President and Chief Executive Officer Zhao Dong of Xiamen Airlines.
The airline plans to paint the exterior of one of its aircraft in a special livery in an effort to create more awareness about the Goals, a first for the airlines industry. This underscores the airlines’ commitment to support the new development agenda.
“This is an extraordinary and very exciting way of broadcasting information about the global development agenda, and the first of its kind,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach. “We hope millions of travelers will now gain a better insight into the Goals and how the UN is working every day to improve the lives of all,” added Gallach.
“Xiamen Airlines’ mission is to improve customer satisfaction, enhance employee value and contribute to society, as well as working for sustainable development,” said Mr. Zhao at the ceremony. “While striving for growth, we also make great contributions to green efforts, saving energy, environmental protection as well as to charities concerned with poverty and education,” he added.
Xiamen Airlines also plans to feature the UN’s multimedia programming in its inflight entertainment and at its VIP lounges, as well as include information on the goals in its magazine. The airline, which is based in the southwestern city of Xiamen, serves over 90 destinations around the world, and carried an estimated 30 million passengers in 2016. (UN Media Release)