The Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme plays a key role in the company’s environmental strategy by testing and accelerating the use of new technologies that reduce emissions and noise, improve airlines’ gate-to-gate efficiency and help meet other environmental goals. Proven ecoDemonstrator technologies and processes may be incorporated into existing production models, made available for in-service fleets and applied to new airplane development programs.
Boeing has completed four ecoDemonstrator flight test programmes since 2012 to accelerate the development of new technologies that enhance safety and reduce fuel use, emissions and noise. Over 60 technologies have been tested so far and all flights are were flown using a blend of biofuel approved for commercial aviation to demonstrate its viability. The previous ecoDemonstrator programme in 2015 tested more than 15 technologies on a 757 in collaboration with NASA and TUI Group. Both the 2014 and 2015 programmes tested the performance of renewable diesel to gather critical technical performance data to support fuels approval.
In 2018, Boeing and FedEx will work together to test more than 35 technologies aboard a FedEx-owned 777 Freighter named Hollie. New technologies aboard Hollie include flight deck enhancements, compact thrust reversers and advanced materials. Over 50 local STEM students had the chance to explore some of the latest safety and environmental technologies aboard the 777 Freighter during the February launch. Also in Europe, Boeing seeks to inspire students to pursue future careers in STEM and support around 27 key corporate citizenship programmes in 11 European countries: Find out more about Boeing’s community engagement in Europe.