Boeing and COMAC Expand Collaboration on Environmental Efficiency and Sustainable Growth

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Sustainable Aviation Technology Center to pursue mutually beneficial research 

Zhuhai, China, November 1, 2016: Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) today signed a new agreement to expand their joint research collaboration in support of the long-term sustainable growth of commercial aviation.

The two companies, which signed an initial collaboration agreement in March 2012, have been researching ways to improve aviation’s fuel efficiency and greenhouse-gas emissions reduction, including sustainable aviation biofuel and air traffic management (ATM) efficiency.

Through this new agreement, signed at the Zhuhai Airshow, the companies will explore six areas of mutually beneficial research through the renamed Boeing-COMAC Sustainable Aviation Technology Center. They will also continue to exchange commercial aviation market forecasts.

“As we approach the 45th year of collaboration between Boeing and China’s aviation industry, Boeing and COMAC are expanding our efforts to ensure commercial aviation’s long-term sustainable growth, improve its efficiency and reduce environmental impact,” said Ian Chang, vice president, Supplier Management China Operations & Business Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our mutually beneficial research with COMAC supports Boeing’s global effort to enable growth and partner to address challenges for our industry.”

“The two companies have enhanced mutual trust and understanding during five years of working together,” said Wu Guanghui, Vice President of COMAC. “The agreement signed today extends and will bring our cooperation to a new level, enabling the two companies to leverage their own advantages for win-win results that can benefit not only China, but also the rest of world.”

Research areas for the Sustainable Aviation Technology Center will include:

  • Technologies supporting sustainable aviation fuel development and assessing the benefit to aviation of using these technologies;
  • ATM technologies and applications;
  • Environmentally sustainable manufacturing, including enhanced recycling of materials;
  • Technologies to enhance the airplane cabin environment related to environmental stewardship and air travel by aging populations;
  • New industry or international standards in aviation energy conservation and emissions reduction;
  • Improvements in workplace safety during cabin and ground operations.

Initial agreement

As they have since 2012, Boeing and COMAC will jointly select and fund research by China-based universities and research institutions. Their initial agreement created the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions (AECER) Technology Center. Since then, the Boeing-COMAC AECER Center conducted 17 research projects, leading to an aviation biofuel demonstration facility that turns waste “gutter oil” into jet fuel and three ATM software prototype systems. The Center has attracted participation of 12 domestic and international research partners.

In addition, Boeing and COMAC plan to open a joint venture facility in Zhoushan, China, that will install interiors and paint 737s before Boeing delivers these airplanes to Chinese customers.

China is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. The Civil Aviation Administration of China has forecast that passenger traffic in China will reach 485 million this year and will reach 1.5 billion passengers in 2030. Boeing has estimated that Chinese airlines will need to purchase more than 6,800 new airplanes through 2035 to meet fast-growing demand for domestic and international air travel.
Source: Boeing China Communications

Boeing, ANA Highlight 787-9 Dreamliner

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Capabilities in New Flight Demonstration Video

Everett, Wash., July 7, 2016: Boeing and ANA (All Nippon Airways) today released the 2016 787-9 Dreamliner Flight Demonstration video. The same ANA airplane is scheduled to perform demonstration flights July 11-13 at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Capt. Randy Neville, Capt. Van Chaney and Capt. John Misuradze, Boeing test pilots, conducted the flight in Moses Lake, Wash. The video offers a preview of the planned air show technical demonstration, as well as additional maneuvers to showcase the airplane’s performance and capabilities. These include:

  • High-banking turns that show wing flex
  • Side-to-side movements to demonstrate roll authority and handling characteristics

ANA made history by becoming the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner and makes history again by becoming the first Japanese airline to take part in a demonstration flight at a major international airshow. The airplane is specially marked with decals prominently featuring Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms, two iconic symbols of Japan.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the 787 family of super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. The 787-9 flies more passengers and cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental efficiency: 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Through June 2016, 571 orders have been placed for the 787-9 by 38 customers worldwide. This airplane, scheduled to deliver later this month, will become ANA’s 13th 787-9, and the 49th member of ANA’s 787 fleet. ANA is the largest operator of the 787 Dreamliner. For further information please visit: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787

Source: Boeing

Alaska Flies on Gevo’s Renewable Alcohol to Jet Fuel

Biofuel-powered flights demonstrate new, scalable aviation fuel alternative

Seattle, June 7, 2016: The skies became a little greener today after two Alaska Airlines jets departed the Emerald City (Seattle) fueled by the first alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) made from sustainable U.S. corn. The two Alaska Airlines flights departed today with Gevo, Inc.  fuel and flew from Seattle to San Francisco International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

“Alaska is committed to doing its part to reduce its carbon emissions. Advancing the use of alternative jet fuels is a key part of our emission reduction strategy,” said Joseph Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ senior vice president of communications and external relations. “Gevo’s jet fuel product is an important step forward, in that it has the potential to be scalable and cost effective, without sacrificing performance.”
While the 1,500 gallons of biofuel used on these flights have a minimal impact to Alaska Airlines’ overall greenhouse gas emissions, if the airline were able to replace 20 percent of its entire fuel supply at Sea-Tac Airport, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 142,000 metric tons of CO2. This is equivalent to taking approximately 30,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Alaska estimates the 20 percent biofuel blend it is using for the two flights will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an estimated 50 percent. The demonstration flights mark the first biofuel produced from a new feedstock to be certified and approved by ASTM International, the industry’s fuel standards association, since 2011. Additionally, today’s flights are a successful step toward the production of new fuels that will help airlines to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Gevo’s production process converts bio-based isobutanol into an alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) fuel.

When compared to other fuel options, Gevo believes that its renewable ATJ has the potential to offer benefits to operating cost, capital cost, feedstock availability and scalability, and will translate across geographies.
“Flying a commercial flight with our ATJ made from renewable resources has been a vision of ours for many years, and it has taken many years of work to get this far,” said Gevo CEO Pat Gruber. “We believe our technology has the potential to be the lowest cost, renewable carbon-based jet fuel, given the efficiency of our technology. We look forward to moving forward with Alaska, and others in the airline industry, to make renewable jet fuel widely successful as a product that substitutes for fossil fuels, and ultimately helps to reduce carbon emissions.”

Renewable fuel

The renewable fuel is made from sustainable corn grown and harvested by farmers who incorporate sustainable best practices from seed to harvest, including David Kolsrud of The Funding Farm. Using advanced farming techniques to maximize corn production and minimize the use of water, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, Kolsrud began low carbon farming at his farm in Brandon, South Dakota in 2010. “I grow non-edible field corn and sell it to Gevo, which separates the nutritional protein portion of the corn for animal feed and then converts the starch from the kernel to isobutanol, which is then converted to jet fuel,” said Kolsrud. “This practice is a game-changer for traditional farmers like me, as this allows us to extend the use of our crop and create new jobs that frankly didn’t exist six years ago.”

Alaska Airlines has been a leader in seeking more sustainable fuels and these flights are part of the company’s long-term commitment to its sustainability strategy. The Seattle-based company was the first U.S. airline to fly multiple commercial passenger flights using a biofuel from used cooking oil. The carrier flew 75 flights between Seattle and Washington, D.C. and Seattle and Portland in November 2011.

Additionally, Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest. In the coming months, Alaska will fly a demonstration flight using 1,000 gallons of Gevo’s ATJ being produced by the NARA team and its many partners.

Alaska

Alaska has set an ambitious goal of using sustainable aviation biofuel on all flights at one or more of its primary airports by 2020. In a step toward meeting this milestone, Alaska is collaborating with Boeing and the Port of Seattle on a Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Read more about Alaska’s sustainability efforts at alaskaair.com/sustainability.

Source: Alaska Airlines

Boeing: New Environmental Report Released

Environmental progress despite record deliveries

Chicago, June 3, 2016: Boeing’s progress in reducing its environmental footprint and helping build a more sustainable future for the aerospace industry are highlighted in the company’s 2016 Environment Report, released today. “As we enter our second century of business, we recognize that strong environmental performance is necessary to ensuring a healthy planet and our long-term business success,” said Ursula English, vice president of Environment, Health & Safety. “We’re making good progress, even as Boeing delivers record numbers of aircraft and builds new facilities to support strong business growth.”

The 2016 Environment Report highlights include:

  • Boeing operations reduced green-house gas emissions, solid waste to landfill, water intake and hazardous waste generation by between 6 and 11 percent in 2015
  • Twenty percent of Boeing’s workforce—30,000 employees—choose alternative commuting methods, reducing vehicle emissions
  • The 787 Dreamliner family improved fuel efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to airplanes they replace
  • The 737 MAX will generate a 40 percent smaller noise footprint over today’s single-aisle airplanes
  • Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator Program has tested more than 50 innovative technologies designed to improve the efficiency and performance of Boeing products

To read the full 2016 Environment Report, please visit Boeing.com.

Boeing: New Environmental Report Released

Less fuel consumption, less emissions: The new Boeing 737MAX-family will improve fuel efficiency by 20 to 25 percent compared to airplanes they replace

Source: Boeing

EBACE: Gulfstream G450 and G550 Cross Atlantic on Renewable Jetfuel

Savannah, Georgia, May 23, 2016: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the Gulfstream corporate jets G450 and G550 flew from Savannah to Geneva on a renewable fuel blend to join Gulfstream’s static display at the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).

In addition to the G450 and G550 flights to EBACE, all of Gulfstream’s Savannah-based demonstration aircraft and the G500 flight-test fleet have flown on the renewable fuel blend. “At Gulfstream, the foundation of our business is delivering on our promises and setting new standards for the industry,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “In 2011, the G450 was the first business jet to cross the Atlantic using biofuels. The G450 and G550 flights to Geneva are the first transatlantic flights made using our own renewable fuel supply and mark an important milestone in our mission to practice sustainability throughout every aspect of our business.”

Gulfstream established a three-year agreement with its fuel supplier, World Fuel Services, in 2015 for a consistent supply of renewable fuels for daily flight operations in Savannah. The fuel, produced by AltAir, is a blend of low-carbon, drop-in renewable fuel and Jet-A. It provides the same performance as conventional, petroleum-based jet fuel and requires no changes to factory-standard engines or aircraft. Each gallon of renewable fuel burned is expected to achieve a more-than-50-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, relative to petroleum-based jet fuel, on a lifecycle basis.

Gulfstream Cross Atlantic on Renewable Jetfuel

Gulfstream’s supply of low-carbon, drop-in replacement fuel provided by AltAir and World Fuel Services is derived from agricultural waste and is certified to meet the same industry specifications as petroleum Jet-A.

Source: Gulfstream

Southwest: New Seats to Improve Fuel Efficiency

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Seats to be installed on 737-800 and 737MAX aircraft beginning mid-2016

Dallas, Texas: As the operator of the largest Boeing 737 fleet in the world, Southwest will lead the industry as the launch customer for the next generation in aircraft seating. “The new aircraft seats are the widest economy seats available in the single-aisle 737 market, and offer a unique design that gives our Customers what they asked for: more space,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.  The carrier, in partnership with Boeing, will be the first to roll out the new seats, beginning mid-2016, on new deliveries of its Boeing 737-800. B/E Aerospace, who designed and engineered the seats, unveiled the new product earlier this year at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany.

The newly-designed seats, which will be seen on new 737-800s beginning mid-2016 join other significant brand milestones, including cabin interior updates on Southwest’s 737-700s which will begin later this year, and continued 737-800 deliveries in the new Heart livery. The industry-leading seats are wider than current seats, and include an adjustable headrest and increased legroom, as well as more personal stowage, while decreasing the overall weight of the product. “The new, lighter seat allows us to continue to improve our fuel efficiency,” said Mike Van de Ven, Southwest’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “This seat selection is just one more reason we are enthusiastic about our fleet modernization plans.”

The Company’s ongoing fleet modernization effort also includes the transition of AirTran’s Boeing 717-200 aircraft out of the fleet, the replacement of Boeing Classic aircraft with Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and the projected launch of the 737 MAX aircraft in 2017.

When it enters service, the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will offer improved fuel efficiency, along with significantly reduced emission levels, and will provide the lowest operating costs among single-aisle aircraft. The seats are the first element of the 737 MAX aircraft interior to be released by Boeing and Southwest to the public. The Southwest seat color—a variant of Southwest’s Bold Blue—has been chosen, and the seats will be upholstered with eLeather, a composition leather made of natural leather fibers. eLeather, which made its debut on Southwest aircraft in 2012, is manufactured using eco-friendly technology including state-of-the-art techniques which closed-loop recycles 95 percent of the processed water, and converts its own waste streams into energy feeding back into the process.

Southwest is America’s largest low-fare carrier with more than 100 million passengers a year. The airline operates more than 3,600 flights a day, serving 94 destinations across the United States and six additional countries.

Source: Southwest Airlines

Neste: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Traffic

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‘Smart & Clean’ project in the Helsinki capital region

Keilaranta, Finland, May 26, 2016: Neste is a founding member of the Smart & Clean foundation for the Helsinki capital region, established by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The purpose of the foundation is to develop the Helsinki capital region Area and Lahti into a world-class testing area for solutions that mitigate climate change.

The foundation focuses on producing and assembling projects to seek low-carbon solutions for traffic, food, housing and energy, among other applications. The aim is for the Helsinki capital region to function as a testing platform for low-carbon products and services for residents’ and companies’ everyday lives. At the same time, the region is a showcase for Finnish and international companies by introducing the best solutions to the challenges faced by cities. The region is hoped to attract investments, create jobs and support the emergence of new low-carbon business.

“Of the foundation’s spearhead themes, traffic and moving are particularly close to Neste. We can, for example, support the aim of public transport in the Helsinki region not to produce any CO2 emissions in the future,” says Simo Honkanen, SVP, Sustainability and Public Affairs at Neste and member of the Board of the Smart & Clean foundation.

“Our solutions already reduce greenhouse gas emissions from traffic by over six million tons a year around the world. In the United States, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, for example, have considerably reduced their carbon footprint with our products. With the Smart & Clean cooperation, we will also support the cities in our home market in their own climate projects,” says Matti Lievonen, President and CEO of Neste.

The partners in the foundation include the Helsinki capital region cities Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa, as well as the City of Lahti and the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council. Other companies besides Neste include Caverion, Fortum, Gasum, Helen, Kone, St1, Vaisala and YIT, the research and educational institutions Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Lappeenranta University of Technology, VTT and Sitra, as well as the State of Finland. The foundation will operate for five years, and its activities are funded through donations and grants.

Neste is a pioneer in oil refining and renewable solutions and the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel with an annual production capacity of more than 2 million tons.

Source: Neste Corporation

Heathrow hires world’s first airport cycle officer

First airport cycle officer

Heathrow, May 18, 2016: Getting 16,500 local colleagues who live within 5 km of the airport onto bikes will be the goal of Heathrow’s new airport cycle officer, who has now started his post. Ali Jafarey, the world’s first dedicated airport cycle officer, is leading a one year cycle partnership between Heathrow and Sustrans the UK’s foremost cycling and walking charity.  The partnership will work to make the airport’s cycle routes safer, more accessible and train airport colleagues to feel more confident on their bikes.

Persuading Heathrow colleagues to take up cycling is part of the airport’s wider campaign to reduce single occupancy car journeys, as well as related congestion and emissions.

Heathrow hires world's first airport cycle officer

Ali Jafarey, the world’s first dedicated airport cycle officer

Source: Heathrow Airport

PurePower® PW1400G-JM Engine

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FAA Certifies Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1400G-JM Engine to Power Irkut’s MC-21 Aircraft

Hartford, Conn., Monday, May 9, 2016: The FAA has certified Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1400G-JM engine to power Irkut’s MC-21 aircraft. With this milestone, Pratt & Whitney now has three certified PurePower Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine variants.  “This milestone is another huge step forward for the PurePower engine program, which brings unmatched operational benefits including double-digit reductions in noise, emissions and fuel burn, making for greener skies,” said Greg Gernhardt, president, Commercial Engines Programs, Pratt & Whitney. “The technology behind the GTF engine is a game-changing force in the aviation industry for all the right reasons and we are excited that the PW1400G-JM engine is moving one step closer to powering Irkut’s MC-21 aircraft and providing the renowned benefits for which this engine is so highly regarded.” “We would like to congratulate Pratt & Whitney on the certification approval of its PurePower engine, which will be installed on МС-21 Family Aircraft,” said Oleg Demchenko, president, Irkut Corporation.

“The engine increases the competitiveness of our aircraft since it offers tangible cost savings to our airline customers due to the enhanced fuel burn efficiency while simultaneously benefitting the environment.”

Up to now, the PurePower engine family has completed more than 58,000 cycles and 35,000 hours of testing.

Source: Pratt & Whitney

Embraer: E190-E2 Heralds a New Era in the 130-seat Jet Segment

Embraer celebrated the official rollout ceremony of the first E190-E2 jet

São José dos Campos, Brazil, February 25, 2016: Embraer today celebrated the official rollout ceremony of the first E190-E2 jet – Embraer´s second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft. The aircraft´s maiden flight is scheduled for the second half of 2016, with entry into service scheduled for 2018. The ceremony was held at the Company´s plant in São José dos Campos.

“Today we have taken another step into the future of Embraer commercial aviation with the world premiere of our second-generation E-Jets,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

With an investment of USD 1.7 billion, the E2 program was launched in June 2013 and reinforces Embraer’s commitment to continuously invest in its commercial aviation products as well as maintain market leadership in the segment of 70 to 130 seats. The aircraft will have state-of-the-art engines, which, combined with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems, will deliver significant reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise.

Since the E2 was launched, the program has reached 640 commitments, 267 of which are firm orders and 373 of which are options and purchase rights, from both airline customers and leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70 customers in 50 countries and, with over 50% market share, they are the global leader in the segment of aircraft with up to 130 seats.

“The rollout held today marks the completion of the assembly of the first E190-E2 and paves the way for the start of the tests that will lead to the first flight,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Senior Vice President Operations & COO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We are delighted to reach this phase of the program, considering all of the technical and economic objectives set out at its inception.”

This aircraft is the first of four prototypes that will be used in the E190-E2 certification campaign. Two additional planes will be added for the E195-E2 campaign, entry into service for which is expected in 2019, and three more will be used in the E175-E2 campaign, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.

Embraer E190-E2 Rollout

Embraer E190-E2 Rollout

The E190-E2 has the same number of seats as the current generation E190 and can be configured with 97 seats in dual class service or with 106 seats in a single class layout. Additionally, the range of the E190-E2 has been significantly increased over the current generation aircraft, by 400 nautical miles, with the capacity to cover distances of 2,800 nautical miles.

Source: Embraer

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