Etihad Airways seals sustainability agreement with GE

Etihad is also trialing GE Digital’s Fuel Insight software solution

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. The first flight from Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, arrives in Sydney and marks the opening of the airline's new non-stop route between Abu Dhabi and Sydney, at Sydney airport on March 27, 2007 in Australia.

Image used for illustrative purpose. The first flight from Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, arrives in Sydney and marks the opening of the airline's new non-stop route between Abu Dhabi and Sydney, at Sydney airport on March 27, 2007 in Australia.

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UAE national carrier Etihad Airways has signed an agreement with GE for future opportunities to work together on initiatives to lower CO2 emissions from its fleet of 787 aircraft as part of the airline’s comprehensive sustainability programme.
 
As part of the MoU, Etihad will allow GE to use its fleet of 787s, spearheaded by the signature Greenliner aircraft, as a test platform for new technologies and engine hardware aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and improving the performance of the GEnx engines that power the aircraft.
 
The data from these tests will be shared between GE and Etihad to inform implementation of enhancements across Etihad’s 787 fleet. Both companies also agreed to collaborate on a 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) flight demonstration.
 
The agreement was signed today (November 15) by Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas and GE Aviation President and CEO John Slattery on the sidelines of the 2021 Dubai Air Show.
"Decarbonization is a challenge that the entire aviation industry faces," stated Slattery. "The only way that we can address it is with agreements like these. Through this MoU, GE will be able to test innovative technologies that can help reduce emissions as well as enhance the time on wing of our GEnx engine, which may benefit Etihad and all our airline customers," he added.
 
Douglas said Etihad had already worked closely with GE over the last two years on the Etihad Greenliner programme to innovate, develop, and test aviation decarbonization technologies.
"Today’s announcement extending our relationship with GE builds on our shared commitment to reduce CO2 emissions as Etihad expands its strategic sustainability programme and lays out the framework that will help drive decarbonization for the broader industry," he added.
 
According to him, Etihad is also trialing GE Digital’s Fuel Insight software solution.
 
Fuel Insight is a cost and emissions reduction solution that works by analyzing real data from the aircraft and airline to merge flight data with flight plans.
This critical data helps increase aircraft fuel efficiency and reduce waste. Fuel Insight gives operators actionable intelligence at multiple levels allowing analysts to drill down from macro trends to understand issues on a per-flight level, he added.

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