Boeing and American Airlines have announced that the Texas-based carrier will be the launch customer for the evolutionary ecoDemonstrator Program, which aims to reduce the fuel consumption, carbon emissions and noise of flights. 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 & 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.”
“American Airlines recognises our responsibility to minimise 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 performance.”
The 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 US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Continuous Lower Energy Emissions Noise (CLEEN) program – along with other technologies developed by Boeing and other industry partners. Together with the American Airlines engineering team, Boeing is finalising plans for installing the initial technology applications aboard the first airplane. Specific technologies that will be flown in 2012 include: