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before the first Dreamliners were retired from service. Nevertheless, market sector grows, our strategy has been to align our suppliers Boeing’s design focus from the start spanned the entire product and ourselves with top-quality airplane recyclers worldwide.” life cycle of the Dreamliner, including what happens to the airplane Early on, Carberry and his team surveyed aircraft recycling when it’s time to be scrapped at the end of its service life. companies around the world and sought out alliances with the “At Boeing, we ‘Design for Environment’ because it’s good best of them. Out of this activity grew the Aircraft Fleet Recycling for the earth and good for business,” said Jeanne Yu, director Association, founded in 2005. This nongovernmental organization of Environmental Performance for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. supports the responsible recycling of all aircraft, whether metal “One aspect of our environmental commitment is that we’re or composite. A valuable global forum, it promotes industry best always looking to see how we can make tomorrow’s airplanes practices, regulatory compliance and environmental sustainability even more recyclable than today’s.” in aircraft disassembly and the salvaging or recycling of parts A recyclable Dreamliner benefits airlines because it is worth and materials. more both during its service life and when its useful days come to Known informally as AFRA, this association has grown steadily. an end and it is scrapped. Making the 787 recyclable also ben- Today it has more than 60 members in 16 nations around the efits Boeing by reducing the plane’s environmental manufacturing world. In addition to defining recycler accreditation standards, the footprint, and because manufacturing scrap can be turned into association has published, with Boeing assistance, the industry’s new airplane components or sold to provide additional revenue. first-ever guidance for end-of-life scrapping and recycling of “We’re deeply involved in composite recycling because it benefits composite aircraft such as the 787. us and our customers,” Carberry explained. “As this emerging Starting nearly a decade ago, Boeing also evaluated composite BOEING FRONTIERS / AUGUST 2012 21


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