Airlines Boeing and Etihad Airways announce 787 Greenliner

Etihad Airways and Boeing have revealed the 787 Greenliner. This one-of-a-kind aircraft will be used to test new technologies, products and initiatives that help reduce carbon emissions.

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On Dubai Air Show 2019, Etihad announced that it has joined forces with Boeing for an industry-leading strategic partnership centred on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A deal was signed between the parties that see Boeing and Etihad sharing their knowledge, experience and resources.

Ultimately, the companies seek to improve the aircraft carbon emissions of the 787 Dreamliner. A special “Greenliner” livery will be unveiled in the coming weeks to highlight the shared commitment to a more sustainable aviation.

Tony Douglas, the Group Chief Executive of Etihad Aviation Group commented: “Innovation, productivity and sustainability are core values and objectives of Etihad Airways, and of Abu Dhabi, and the Boeing 787 is a key enabler of all three. Etihad and Boeing see great opportunities to share our combined knowledge of this incredible aircraft, and to work with other aviation stakeholders to explore opportunities for more innovation and less environmental impact.”

Stanley Deal, Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company, and President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes added: “The 787 Dreamliner and its revolutionary design have enabled carriers such as Etihad Airways to significantly reduce fuel use and emissions. It is the perfect platform for advancing our industry’s commitment to sustainable growth. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Etihad Airways and identifying more ways to improve efficiency across commercial aviation.”

In a statement, Etihad Airways underlined that the companies are committing to build upon the significant technical capabilities which Etihad has developed for its own 787 Dreamliner. Furthermore, the growing number of 787 operators will develop more skills and experience with the aircraft.

Etihad stated: “Activities under discussion include training for pilots, cabin crew and maintenance technicians, secondment of pilots between Etihad, Boeing, and other operators, and development in Abu Dhabi of Maintenance and Repair Organisation capabilities for the type.”

As national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad is one of the largest in the country. The airline was founded in 2003 and currently operates a fleet of 115 aircraft, including 19 Airbus A320s, 10 A321s, 14 A330s, 10 A380s, 25 Boeing 777s and 37 787 Dreamliner.

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