Boeing and Embraer S.A. has unveiled the next phase of the Boeing eco-Demonstrator program. The program is an expansion of the Boeing and Embraer’s cooperation agreement. It will also test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace.
According to Mauro Kern, Executive Vice President of Operations at Embraer, “Collaborating with Boeing on the ecoDemonstrator program in the structuring and implementation of new technologies tests reinforces Embraer’s commitment towards a sustainable future.” Boeing Chief Technology Officer, John Tracy, said that Boeing as an industry leader has a unique opportunity to invest in technologies that encourage our industry’s long-term, sustainable development, while supporting its customers’ environmental goals.
Since 2012, Boeing and Embraer have supported Embraer’s KC-390 defence aircraft program and improved runway safety by providing commercial customers with tools to reduce runway excursions. Last year, Boeing and Embraer opened a joint biofuel research centre in São José dos Campos to perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.
The ecoDemonstrator tests illustrate Boeing and Embraer’s continued investments to improve fuel efficiency and environmental performance of aircraft and meet the new carbon emissions standard announced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) earlier this year. An Embraer E170 will serve as the flying testbed and will feature advanced environmental technologies that will undergo operational testing in Brazil during August and September. The ecoDemonstrator flights will test several technologies designed to reduce carbon emissions, fuel use and noise.