By Bernd Debusmann Jr
The Etihad Greenliner Programme will use the airline's entire fleet of 787 aircraft to assess measures that boost aircraft efficiency and reduce environmental impact
Etihad’s newest aircraft, a specially themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has arrived in Abu Dhabi after being delivered from Boeing’s plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The aircraft will be the flagship of the Etihad Greenliner Programme, which will use the airline’s entire fleet of 787 aircraft to assess measures that boost aircraft efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
“Abu Dhabi is making productive efforts towards consolidating a diversified and sustainable economy by creating effective environmental solutions that enhance the sustainable growth,” said Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s court.
According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, sustainable aviation fuel comprised approximately 30 percent of the total blend on the flight.
“We have an immense responsibility, as a leader in the aviation community, to reducing carbon emissions and creating cleaner and more sustainable transportation for generations to come,” said Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, chairman of Etihad Aviation Group.
Etihad has publicly set the target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050, and halving its 2019 net emission levels by 2035.
Stanley Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: "Boeing and Etihad Airways recognise climate change is a fundamental challenge of our time, and we’re united in doing our part to reduce greenhouse gases – in the air and on the ground.
"While the aviation industry has made substantial progress, we’ll continue our longstanding efforts to reduce emissions in collaboration with our customers and partners across the industry."