Boeing and Etihad Airways have completed testing on the ecoDemonstrator programme; with a flight from Seattle to South Carolina using a 50/50 blend of sustainable and traditional jet fuel.

EcoDemonstrator is a project by Boeing to make the future of aviation industry greener. Boeing, the aviation giant has partnered with Etihad Airways on the 2020 program . They have used the airline’s new 787-10 Dreamliners to test projects that can reduce emissions and noise.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Operating Officer, said: “Together with Boeing and the national airline’s sustainable aviation fuel partners World Energy and EPIC, Etihad used 50,000 gallons of a 50/50 blend of sustainable aviation fuel on the final flight of our ecoDemonstrator 787-10 flight tests. This is a monumental step forward for the sector to prove the viability of producing a 50/50 blend of sustainable aviation fuel [SAF] at a high volume, an important moment for the industry.”

Al Bulooki added, “This is a prime example of industry collaboration towards sustainable aviation and innovation. Etihad’s collaboration with Boeing in the ecoDemonstrator programme has been a unique opportunity to lead the aviation industry’s drive for a sustainable future.”

75% Reduction in Carbon Emission

Etihad’s newest 787-10 Dreamliner used maximum sustainable fuel blend permitted for commercial aviation during the flight. The transcontinental flight also demonstrated a new way for pilots, air traffic controllers and airline operations centers to coordinate. This allows them to communicate simultaneously and optimise routing. The programme is a promising glimpse in to the future. The fuel reduces carbon emissions by more than 75% over its life cycle. This will help accelerate other technologies that can reduce emissions and enhance the safety and health of passengers and crew.  The fuel from World Energy and supplied to Boeing by EPIC Fuels has been certified by the roundtable on sustainable biomaterials to reduce carbon emissions by more than 75% over the fuel’s life cycle.

“We congratulate Boeing and Etihad for their industry leadership in helping push the technical and sustainability boundaries of SAF,” said Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer at World Energy. “This 50/50 blend demonstrates the maximum achievable greenhouse gas reduction commercially available today for aviation fuel.”

It is high time for other leading airlines to give back to the planet by following suit. This will help in preventing further damage caused by harmful carbon emissions.

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