Seattle - After successful tests and technology implementations, Boeing decided to accelerate its ecoDemonstrator program to develop the aircraft of next-generation and improve existing technologies for today's aircraft.
The airline industry is working hard to reduce kerosene consumption and make passenger planes environmentally more friendly. An initiative for this is the Boeing's ecoDemonstrator program, which is now to boost its pace to develop a Next-Gen aircraft in favor of the environment and the airlines' budgets.
Boeing started the ecoDemonstrator program in 2012. Since then Boeing has tested 112 different technologies and aircraft components and 35 of them have currently been used on the aircraft that are in service today.
The US aircraft manufacturer is working on further 44 new technologies that may be implemented to today's planes soon. However, 33 technologies were already proven non-effective and terminated.
The aircraft types used as test beds have been a B737-800 (2012), a Boeing 787 (2014), a Boeing 757 (2015), an Embraer 170 (2016) and finally a Boeing 777F (2018).
ecoDemonstrator Embraer E170
The Boeing 777F has been leased from freighter operator Fedex to test 35 new technologies, ranging from cockpit equipment to bio-fuel and new shorter thrust reversers. The new thrust reversers will reduce fuel costs by 1.5 percent per seat when they are implemented to current aircraft engines.
Boeing potentially to implement all these improvements obtained by the ecoDemostrator program to its upcoming NMA (New Midsize Airplane) program unofficially dubbed the Boeing 797.