Cleaner Products

737 MAX

Boeing continues to be a pioneer in introducing innovative new technology that improves the environmental performance of our products and services.

In 2012 we introduced into service the 747-8 Intercontinental, the passenger version of the redesigned 747, with significant environmental improvements over its predecessor. Development continues on the 737 MAX, a new airplane with advanced technology that will create a cleaner, quieter and more energy efficient addition to the 737 family.

737 MAX

The 737 MAX is the newest addition to the already most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market -- the Next-Generation 737. The MAX will feature substantial environmental improvements, including using 13 percent less fuel with a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions, and a 40 percent smaller community noise footprint compared to its predecessor.

The better environmental performance comes from a package of design and technology advances, including quieter and more fuel-efficient engines, an aerodynamically improved tail section that reduces drag on the aircraft, and the Advanced Technology winglet, a “dual-feather” split winglet design, which is more efficient than any other wingtip currently in use on a single-aisle airplane.

787 Dreamliner

The 787 is the environmental benchmark for the aerospace industry. With advanced engines and a composite carbon-fiber fuselage and wings, the Dreamliner is 20 percent more fuel-efficient than other airplanes of comparable size and more environmentally progressive throughout its life cycle. The airplane is manufactured using fewer hazardous materials, consumes less fuel and produces fewer emissions. The Dreamliner is also quieter for airport communities than other twin-aisle airplanes.


The 747-8 Intercontinental and Freighter incorporate many of the breakthrough technology advances developed for the 787 Dreamliner, the most environmentally progressive aircraft on the market.

With advanced engines, new wing design and light-weight advanced aluminum alloys and composite materials, the 747-8 reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 14 percent, and has a 30 percent smaller noise footprint than the 747-400 it replaced. The quieter aircraft has earned a rating of “QC2” or better on takeoffs and landings. The rating on the international noise measure allows the 747-8 to use almost any airport without operating restrictions.

Lufthansa took delivery of the first 747-8 Intercontinental in 2012. The 747-8 Freighter entered service a year earlier.