By Sam Bridge
Etihad Airways and Boeing reveal plan for Etihad Greenliner, to be introduced early next year, to be used to explore environmental sustainability initiatives
Etihad Airways and Boeing on Monday announced a first-of-its-kind "eco partnership", in which a specially-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used to test products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce aircraft carbon emissions.
The Etihad Greenliner, to be introduced early next year, will be used by both companies to explore and assess environmental sustainability initiatives while the aircraft operates scheduled services across the airline’s network.
Other stakeholders, from equipment suppliers to airspace regulators, will be invited to join the companies in advancing and testing efficiency measures on or with the Greenliner, a statement said.
It added that working groups will be formed between the flight operations and engineering arms of both companies, with senior pilots and engineers from Boeing’s 787 Division leading sessions at Etihad’s Abu Dhabi headquarters to identify and explore more emission-reducing measures, from changed operating practices to weight-saving initiatives.
Etihad also announced that it would operate a Boeing 787 eco flight from Abu Dhabi to Brussels during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2020.
The blended green-blue design for the themed aircraft was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow 2019 by Tony Douglas, group CEO of the Etihad Aviation Group, and Stanley Deal, executive vice president of The Boeing Company, and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Douglas said: "The rapid growth of air travel has increased aircraft carbon emissions, and it is the responsibility the aviation industry to reverse this trend. The ‘Etihad Greenliner’ will highlight the shared commitment of Etihad and Boeing to advance sustainable practices in aviation."
Deal added: "We are delighted to partner with Etihad to leverage the Dreamliner platform to identify ways to further improve sustainability in airline operations."
Etihad has the largest fleet of Dreamliners in the Middle East, and one of the largest in the world, with 30 787-9s and six of the larger 787-10s.
The airlines said it has introduced them on 38 of its 76 passenger routes to replace less-efficient aircraft, increase capacity, and pioneer new markets, and will continue to expand their use in 2020.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.