Industry Boeing and Etihad expand sustainability partnership

Boeing and Etihad Airways have announced the expansion of their existing sustainability partnership.

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American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced, that it has extended its ecoDemonstrator program with UAE-Carrier Etihad Airways. The airline will soon take delivery of the dedicated Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.

The aircraft will be equipped with extensive sound measurement testing system from industry partners. This collaboration initially started in November 2019 and is now being extended, after both companies were satisfied with first results.

Etihad Aviation Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas said: "This is the latest program under Etihad's industry-leading strategic partnership with Boeing, focusing on innovating real-world solutions to the key sustainability challenges facing the aviation industry [...] The ecoDemonstrator program is founded on innovation and sustainability — and these are core values for Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. Etihad and Boeing see a great opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge to minimize the impact of aviation on the environment."

Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO added: "Industry collaboration is a key aspect of Boeing's ecoDemonstrator program that enables us to accelerate innovation [...] We're proud to broaden our sustainability partnership with Etihad Airways by testing promising technologies that can reduce emissions, help commercial aviation meet our climate goals, and allow the industry to grow in a responsible manner that respects our planet and its natural resources."

Over the course of the ecoDemonstrator program, Boeing and Etihad are working together with industry partners like NASA or Safran Landing Systems. Together, data is being collected from sensors on the aircraft and on the ground. This data will then be used to validate aircraft noise prediction processes, Boeing stated. Aircraft parts like the landing gear could be modified for quieter operations in the future.

The first tests onboard the Boeing 787-10 will be starting in August, when the first aircraft for Etihad Airways is ready to be delivered. All test flights will be flown on a blend of sustainable fuel, which lowers the environmental footprint of the program. The program is expected to last about for weeks before Etihad celebrates the Entry Into Service of the 787-10 aircraft.

Etihad Airways is the second-largest airline and flag-carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The airline was founded in July 2003 and commenced operations four months later. Etihad is operating from Abu Dhabi with a fleet of 19 Airbus A320s, 10 A321s, one A330-200, 10 A380s, 25 Boeing 777s and 38 787 Dreamliner.

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