This week saw Boeing announce plans to expand its ecoDemonstrator program further, as plans for the rest of 2023 are revealed.
According to the American planemaker, 19 technologies will be tested on its Boeing 777 ecoDemonstrator, with “Explorer” airplanes set to be added.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
The ecoDemonstrator “Explorer”…
Within the “Explorer” part of the ecoDemonstrator program, Boeing will use a 787-10 Dreamliner to conduct flight tests in June between Seattle, Tokyo, Singapore, and Bangkok.
The American planemaker will be demonstrating how coordinating navigation across global airspace jurisdictions can improve operational efficiency.
Expected results within this are expected to be the reduction of fuel use and carbon emissions by up to 10%.
It is understood that the “Explorer” aircraft will fly on the highest blend of sustainable aviation fuel on each test flight.
Boeing Is Supporting Sustainability in the Aviation Industry…
Stan Deal, the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, commented on this expansion of the ecoDemonstrator program:
“To support our industry’s goal for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Boeing is expanding our ecoDemonstrator program with Explorer airplanes to test even more sustainability-focused technologies”.
“We continue to invest in innovation that reduces fuel use, emissions, and noise on our products and to partner with governments and industry to make progress on sustainability during each phase of flight.”
Also adding to this was the American planemaker’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Chris Raymond:
“The industry will need continued fleet renewal, efficiency gains, renewable energy carriers such as sustainable aviation fuel and advanced technology to meet the civil aviation industry’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2050”.
“Our initial Explorer testing in partnership with aviation stakeholders in four countries is a great example of how we can work together to optimize operational efficiency and reduce emissions.”
It remains clear that Boeing is continuing to invest even more into the industry’s approach of becoming net-zero by 2050.
Looking ahead, by the time all of the technologies are tested this year, it means the ecoDemonstrator program has tested around 250 technologies to help decarbonize aviation.
All eyes will be on Boeing to see how much further they can take this program going into the future.