The Boeing 777 is one of Boeing’s bestsellers, after the popular 737 and 747. The long-haul aircraft, one of the safest on the market, has had a long career. While its latest version, the 777X, is in its initial production phase, one of its first examples from twenty years ago will return to service for a very special mission.
It has just joined the “ecoDemonstrator” program and will be the new aircraft on which Boeing will rest all its hopes. After a career as a commercial aircraft, it is now joining the aircraft manufacturer’s program to test the technologies of tomorrow. After laboratory and computer testing, Boeing’s new advances will move from simulation to reality via this aircraft.
Over the years, many aircraft have been used for these full-scale missions. Multiple copies from several companies such as Emirates, FedEx, Alaska Airlines. The program is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary and the current Boeing 777-200ER will replace another 777. In all, more than 160 new technologies have already been tested.
On the program, the device will follow a series of flights for six months to test new biofuel solutions, new noise reduction solutions or even sustainable materials, as relayed by Capital. Boeing is working on several projects for its future and a component also includes, logically, the strengthening of safety and the passenger experience. In all, 30 projects will be tested by this copy of 777.
For its decarbonization, the American firm is working towards carbon neutrality by 2050. Air transport contributes 2 to 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions, and is a very large emitter of nitrogen dioxide (greenhouse gas). greenhouse) too.
At Airbus, the same thing on A380
Whether Boeing or Airbus, the two benchmark aircraft manufacturers are testing new technologies to prepare the aircraft of tomorrow. At Airbus, in Europe, the same tests are mainly carried out by an A380, the largest civil airliner in the world. In March, the sky giant resumed service for a series of test flights with a reactor running on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), understand by this a mixture composed of… used cooking oil (produced by TotalEnergies near Le Havre in Normandy).
Between Toulouse and Nice, the aircraft had made a full flight with this solution on board one of its four reactors, and the mission had been a success. Within its fleet of test aircraft, Airbus also has an A319neo and an A350.
The goal with its new SAF fuel, to be able to use it on a large scale on all its new aircraft by 2030. With its full-scale tests, Airbus was pleased to move forward with its project more quickly. “*In doing so, we will generate a wealth of data that will help us complete the research programs currently underway”,* said François Pfindel, program manager with the test A380.