Boeing is testing new technologies for more sustainable aviation

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Boeing is launching new tests onboard a 777-200ER as part of its ecoDemonstrator program to improve operational efficiency and sustainability. A total of three dozen technologies are to be tested. The aim is to reduce fuel consumption, minimize environmental impact and improve the flight experience.

Projects include single-engine taxi operations and digital taxi clearance, designed to reduce fuel consumption and pilot workload. To reduce noise, steeper glide paths and continuous descent approaches are being investigated. Lighter and recyclable materials for floor coverings and ceiling panels as well as new insulation techniques to reduce noise are also being tested.

In the cabin area, new seats with sensors are intended to increase safety and make maintenance easier. A touchless toilet with water saving function and innovations in the on-board galley aim to make service more efficient and reduce food waste. These technologies will be presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2024 in Hamburg.

Stephanie Pope, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, emphasizes the importance of the ecoDemonstrator program in improving the environmental performance and safety of aircraft. Brian Moran, Boeing's chief sustainability officer, added that the program has tested over 2012 technologies since 250. This year, the program's flagship aircraft will once again fly with a mix of sustainable aviation fuel and conventional fuel.

Boeing Eco demonstrator (Photo: Boeing).
Boeing Eco demonstrator (Photo: Boeing).