TUI Group, the world's largest integrated tourism group,
is collaborating with Boeing as a way to reduce carbon
emissions. The Europe-based company, which includes six
airlines, is preparing for a low-carbon future by
reducing its environmental impact and encouraging its
suppliers and customers to do the same. "We are very
pleased to partner with Boeing for the next phase of
their ecoDemonstrator program, as TUI Group is highly
committed to achieving further environmental efficiency
across our whole business and remaining the industry
leader on carbon efficiency with our airlines," said
Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability, TUI Group.
With the exception of Boeing proprietary technology,
NASA knowledge gained in collaboration with Boeing from
ecoDemonstrator research will be publicly available to
benefit the industry.
"Having a relevant test
bed, like Boeing's ecoDemonstrator, to help mature
technology concepts is extremely important to NASA's
Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project,"
said Fay Collier, ERA project manager, NASA. "Our
researchers have been working hard to develop
technologies to reduce airplane fuel consumption, noise
and emissions. Being able to prove those concepts in
flight tests gives them a better shot of getting into
the commercial fleet."
Later this year, Boeing will announce additional
tests with the ecoDemonstrator 757, which was leased
for testing purposes. After the flights are
complete, Boeing will work with the Aircraft Fleet
Recycling Association and the lessor, Stifel's
aircraft finance division, to recycle the 757 using
environmental best practices. Since it was launched
in 2011, the ecoDemonstrator Program has tested more
than 40 technologies with a Next-Generation 737 and
a 787 Dreamliner.