Boeing has started a programme to test more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving the environmental performance of its aircraft.
The Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft equipped with new systems designed to improve operational efficiency and reduce fuel burn.
These include onboard wireless sensors to reduce wiring and weight, new greenhouse gas sensors, real-time turbulence reports, new systems to reduce fuel usage during landings, outer wing access doors made from recycled carbon fibre, and NASA spacing methods to improve landing efficiency.
“The ecoDemonstrator is focused on technologies that can improve airlines’ gate-to-gate efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise,” said Boeing’s president & CEO, Ray Conner. “Through the ecoDemonstrator programme, Boeing continues to invest in innovation that benefits the environment and our customers.”
The initiative follows a previous ecoDemonstrator programme conducted in 2011 using a B737 aircraft. This resulted in Boeing making further improvements to the fuel-efficiency of its new B737 MAX aircraft.
The B787 Dreamliner already offers improvements of approximately 20% in terms of fuel burn and carbon emissions, compared to other similarly sized aircraft.