Boeing, American Airlines to study quieter, cleaner aviation technologies

  • 30-Jun-2011 07:31 EDT

An American Airlines Next-Generation 737-800 is depicted in flight with the livery for the Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program.

Boeing and American Airlines announced that the airline will be the launch customer for the ecoDemonstrator Program. The American Airlines 737-800 and a twin-aisle airplane that will be announced at a later date are serving as the flight test component for the U.S. FAA Continuous Lower Energy Emissions Noise (CLEEN) program—along with other technologies developed by Boeing and other industry partners. Together with the American Airlines engineering team, Boeing is finalizing plans for installing the initial technology applications aboard the first aircraft. Specific technologies that will be flown in 2012 include: adaptable trailing edge technology (reduces noise and emissions during all phases of flight), variable area fan nozzle (reduces community noise and enables advanced engine efficiency technologies), flight trajectory optimization for inflight planning (enables airlines to determine and fly more fuel-efficient routes and allows flight crews to reroute for weather and other constraints), and regenerative fuel cells for onboard power (efficiently store and generate power and adapt to aircraft electrical systems demand, potentially reducing weight, fuel burn, and CO2 emissions).

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