Boeing And American
Airlines To Accelerate Quieter, Cleaner Aviation Technologies
By Shane Nolan
June 28, 2011 - Reducing fuel consumption, carbon
emissions and community noise are the focus as Boeing
and American Airlines announced that the airline will be
the launch customer for the evolutionary ecoDemonstrator
Program. A Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft will
be used to flight test and accelerate the market
readiness of emerging technologies.
"We are proud to have American Airlines as our launch
partner for this new generation of technology that can
bolster aviation's role as the most efficient means of
global transportation," said Boeing Vice President of
Environment and Aviation Policy Billy Glover. "There's
no better way to prepare advanced technologies for
market entry than flying them and no better choice than
the best selling single-aisle airplane of all time, the
Boeing Next-Generation 737."
"There's no better way to prepare advanced technologies for market entry than flying them and no better choice than the best selling single-aisle airplane of all time, the Boeing Next-Generation 737."
Airlines recognizes our responsibility to minimize our impact on
the environment as much as possible, and we look for every
opportunity to do so," said Captain John Hale, American's vice
president ? Flight. "Our partnership with Boeing allows us to
make significant strides in putting more fuel-efficient planes
in the air, which is the most effective way to reduce our carbon
footprint. We remain committed to identifying and implementing
new technologies and programs that further our environmental
American Airlines 737-800, and a twin-aisle airplane that will
be announced at a later date, are serving as the flight test
component for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA)
Continuous Lower Energy Emissions Noise (CLEEN) program ? along
with other technologies developed by Boeing and other industry
trailing edge technology, a technology being developed under the
FAA CLEEN Program, it reduces noise and emissions during all
phases of flight including take-off, cruise and landing. Variable
area fan nozzle reduces community noise and enables advanced
engine efficiency technologies.
Variable area fan nozzle reduces community noise and enables advanced engine efficiency technologies.
optimization for in-flight planning enables airlines to determine and
fly more fuel-efficient routes and provides flight crews the ability to
reroute for weather and other constraints and Regenerative fuel cells
for onboard power, efficiently stores and generates power, and adapts to
aircraft electrical systems demand, potentially reducing weight, fuel
burn and CO2 emissions.
ecoDemonstrator flight test program allows us to accelerate promising
technologies and move them onto airplane models and into new aircraft
design considerations across the industry," said Boeing ecoDemonstrator
Program Manager David Akiyama. "It also allows us to verify airplane
applicability and identify and eliminate potential integration
American Airlines has a long-standing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint through the ongoing development and implementation of sustainable business practices. In 2010, American's environmental initiatives yielded the following results; Reduced greenhouse gas intensity ratio related to jet fuel by 5 percent from 2009 to 2010, Celebrated the 5th anniversary of Fuel Smart, American's fuel-conservation program; generating more than 500 million gallons in total fuel savings since the program began. Saved more than $12 million annually through energy-saving initiatives implemented by our Utilities Management Council and also received and deployed 45 new Boeing 737 aircraft in 2010 that are 35 percent more fuel-efficient on an available seat-mile basis than the MD-80 aircraft replaced.
in partnership with 15 other airlines to purchase future supplies of
alternative fuels in 2009, and in 2010 attended several conferences
related to the further development of alternative fuels. and f
and formed a multi-departmental group to focus on increasing recycling and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Announced in 2010,
the Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program helps reduce entry-to-market risk for
new aviation technologies. The two ecoDemonstrators will build upon
success of the 2005 Quiet Technology Demonstrator (QTD2) program that
helped both the Boeing 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner exceed international
standards for noise emissions.
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