Southwest donates seat materials to Kenyan charities

Victoria
By Victoria July 22, 2014 09:46

Southwest donates seat materials to Kenyan charities

Southwest Airlines has launched a project in which 43 acres-worth of leather from surplus airline seats will be donated to charitable groups in Kenya to make footballs, purses and shoes.

The airline recently began to install new seats across its fleet with thinner backrests covered in a lighter synthetic material, replacing the standard leather. The new seats are part of a re-design to reduce weight in the cabin by up to 600 lbs per-aircraft.

Southwest has already sent two shipping containers of leather to Kenya, and has 14 more containers waiting in Dallas.

Southwest spokeswoman Marilee McInnis said: “With the amount of leather we have, we anticipate that this will be a long-term effort over the next couple of years.”

Victoria
By Victoria July 22, 2014 09:46
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