Ethihad Airways linked up with Boeing who designed a brand new 787 Dreamliner that is designed to reduce carbon emissions.
The new themed ‘Etihad Greenliner’ will be introduced in 2020 and will see it fly from Abu Dhabi to Brussels during Abu Dhabi’s sustainability week.
The blended green-blue design for the themed aircraft was unveiled at the 2019 Dubai International Air Show by Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Etihad Aviation Group, and Stanley Deal, Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company, and President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Mr Tony Douglas CEO of the Etihad Aviation Group said:
“The rapid growth of air travel has increased aircraft carbon emissions, and it is the responsibility the aviation industry to reverse this trend. The ‘Etihad Greenliner’ will highlight the shared commitment of Etihad and Boeing to advance sustainable practices in aviation.
“The graduated blue tones of this design represent the importance of water in Arabic life and culture and symbolise the ‘blue sky’ thinking needed to deliver practical, incremental initiatives to progressively lower fuel consumption and carbon emissions.”
Mr Stanley Deal from Boeing said:
“The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has revolutionised commercial aviation in many ways. Its breakthrough design and advanced technology have translated into greater fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. We are delighted to partner with Etihad to leverage the Dreamliner platform to identify ways to further improve sustainability in airline operations.”
Etihad has a large fleet of Dreamliners in the Middle East, and one of the largest in the world, with 30 787-9s and six of the larger 787-10s.
It has introduced them on 38 of its 76 passenger routes to replace less-efficient aircraft, increase capacity, and will continue to expand their use in 2020.
The deployment of 787s has led to significant reductions in fuel use and carbon emissions across the airline’s network, independently of other initiatives.
The SBRC is working to develop commercial quantities of biofuel from saltwater-tolerant plants, and the first commercial service to use this fuel was an Etihad Boeing 787 flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam in January this year. More such flights are planned using the new ‘Etihad Greenliner’.