Boeing Recognized by EPA for Conservation Efforts

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Reduced energy consumption while increasing aircraft deliveries

Chicago, March 28, 2016: Boeing will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Boeing will receive the award April 13 in Washington, D.C. This is the sixth consecutive year Boeing has been recognized by ENERGY STAR.

“Recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program for sustained excellence is a tribute to our employees’ commitment to environmental leadership,” said Ursula English, Boeing vice president of Environment, Health & Safety. “We’re inspired to keep embedding energy conservation technologies into our processes and operations.”

Kim Newton, director of Operational Excellence for Boeing Shared Services Group will accept the ENERGY STAR award on behalf of Boeing.

“Our partnership with ENERGY STAR has provided guidance to achieve continued improvements in our energy efficiency,” Newton said. “We are on track to meet our environmental targets of zero growth by 2017 in greenhouse gas emissions, even while increasing production rates and adding new manufacturing facilities.”

During 2015, Boeing improved energy efficiency, invested in key energy infrastructure and continued public outreach with its conservation message. Boeing’s key 2015 accomplishments in the U.S. include:

  • Reduced absolute energy consumption by 4.3 percent while increasing aircraft deliveries by over 10 percent.
  • Achieved absolute energy reduction of 603,000 MMBtu, equivalent to the annual energy for 15,900 average U.S. homes.
  • Reduced energy intensity by 6.7 percent, a cumulative improvement of 37 percent since 2009.
  • Made direct energy conservation investment of $7.7 million, reducing energy use by over 41,500 MMBtu annually.
  • Achieved additional annual energy savings of more than 16,300 MMBtu through designing efficiency into capital improvements.
  • Expanded the company environmental engagement platform ‘Build a Better Planet’ to include more information on energy, water conservation and recycling efforts to inspire replication.
  • Shared energy conservation messaging in key forums and conferences such as Net Impact.
  • Commissioned a new chiller plant at the Everett, Wash., site to support the world’s largest building by volume gaining a 36 percent efficiency improvement.

“By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, Boeing is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I’m proud to recognize Boeing with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Boeing demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

The 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

Source: Boeing

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner Begins Major Assembly

Everett, Wash., March 15, 2016: Major assembly of the first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is underway, the latest major milestone in the development of the newest member of the super-efficient 787 family. Boeing partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. began installing the circular frames into the midforward section of the fuselage on March 14, a full two weeks ahead of schedule.

“Beginning major assembly early underscores the commitment, discipline and performance of the entire Boeing and partner team worldwide,” said Ken Sanger, vice president of 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are taking all the right steps to ensure we integrate the 787-10 into the production system smoothly.”

As a straightforward stretch of the 787-9, which entered service in 2014, Boeing designed the 787-10 for both superior efficiency and maximum commonality. Ninety-five percent of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, reducing complexity, cost and risk across the entire production system while providing operational benefits to customers.

The 787-10, which will undergo final assembly at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, will set a new benchmark in efficiency when deliveries begin in 2018. With a robust range capability covering more than 90 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes, the 787-10 will deliver 25 percent better fuel use and emissions than the airplanes it will replace. To date, the 787-10 has won 153 orders from nine leading customers around the world, accounting for 13 percent of all 787 orders.

Boeing 787-10

Boeing partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. began installing the circular frames into the midforward section of the 787-10 fuselage on March 14, a full two weeks ahead of schedule

Source: Boeing

Next-Generation 737 Boeing Converted Freighter

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Boeing Launches Next-Generation 737 Boeing Converted Freighter

Shanghai, February 24, 2016: Boeing today launched the Next-Generation 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) with orders and commitments for up to 55 conversions from seven customers.

“The Next-Generation 737 provides exceptional value to express freight carriers through its superior payload, range, reliability and efficiency,” said Stan Deal, senior vice president, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “While the recovery of the global cargo market has been slow, we see demand for freighters, such as the 737-800BCF, that will carry express cargo on domestic routes,” Deal said. “Over the next 20 years, Boeing forecasts customers will need more than 1,000 converted freighters the size of the 737, with China’s domestic air freight carriers accounting for nearly one-third of the total market.”

Through its freighter conversion program, Boeing transitions passenger airplanes into freighters, extending the economic life of the airplane. The 737-800 is the first Next-Generation 737 that Boeing has offered for conversion. While large freighters carry high-density cargo on long-range routes, the 737-800BCF will primarily be used to carry express cargo on domestic routes.

The 737-800BCF carries up to 52,800 pounds (23.9 metric tons) of cargo, flying routes of nearly 2,000 nautical miles (3,690 kilometers).

Twelve pallet positions – 11 standard pallets and one half-pallet – provide 5,000 cubic feet (141.5 cubic meters) of cargo space on the main deck. This will be supplemented by two lower-lobe compartments, combined providing more than 1,540 cubic feet (43.7 cubic meters) of space for revenue-generating cargo.

Boeing has won a total of 30 firm orders and 25 commitments for the 737-800BCF:

  • YTO Airlines, based in Hangzhou, China, has ordered 10 conversions with commitments for 10 additional conversions
  • China Postal Airlines, based in Beijing, has ordered 10 conversions
  • GE Capital Aviation (GECAS), which will provide the initial airplane for conversion, has ordered five conversions
  • An unannounced customer has ordered five conversions with two commitments

In addition, Boeing has secured 13 commitments for conversions from:

  • SF Airlines, based in Shenzhen, China
  • Cargo Air, based in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • An unannounced customer

The first 737-800BCF is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Existing passenger airplanes will be modified at select facilities located near conversion demand, including Boeing Shanghai. Modifications include installing a large main-deck cargo door, a cargo-handling system and accommodations for up to four non-flying crew members or passengers.

Boeing is a leader in providing 24/7 support and service to the global aviation industry. In addition to designing freighter conversions and interior modifications, Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including aftermarket parts, subscription-based maintenance programs, engineering support, crew training, route planning, digital crew scheduling, advanced data analytics and software to enhance airlines and leasing company operations.

Detailed information about the 737-800BCF is available online at

Source: Boeing China Communications

Boeing, Aeromexico and Mexican Government Collaborate on Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

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Research and development initiative supports Mexico’s aviation sector, environmental and socio-economic goals

Mexico City, February. 24, 2016: Boeing, Aeromexico and Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) will collaborate with a biojet program supported by Mexico’s Sector Fund for Energy Sustainability (SENER-CONACYT) to advance research and development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Mexico.

The initiative, announced today and coordinated through the Mexican Bioenergy Innovation Center, will support Mexico’s aviation sector as well as its environmental and socio-economic goals. Executives at Boeing, Aeromexico, ASA and the Potosinian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (IPICYT) formalized the initiative at a ceremony in Mexico City.

“To support customers and the aviation industry’s long-term growth, Boeing is proud to partner with Aeromexico and many key stakeholders to move Mexico’s sustainable aviation biofuel industry forward,” said Marc Allen, president, Boeing International. “Sustainable jet fuel will play a critical role in reducing aviation’s carbon emissions and will bring a new and innovative industry to Mexico.”

“The success of these efforts would not be possible without the team work of Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) and our strategic partner Boeing,” said Sergio Allard, Chief of People & Industries Affairs Officer, Aeromexico. “They have been a fundamental part in projects like the first transcontinental biofuel flight in the history of world aviation performed in a Mexico-Madrid route, or the green flights between Mexico and Costa Rica. In Aeromexico, we recognize that conducting a sustainable operation is an everyday commitment. We are ready to assume the challenge and break the myth that you cannot be socially and environmentally responsible and competitive at the same time.”

“In Airports and Auxiliary Services, we are keen to play an active role in implementing this biofuel project, contributing our experience to ensure that the results of this initiative are suitable at Mexico’s airports,” said Jorge Nevarez Jacobo, ASA Business Units Coordinator. “We will participate in this development effort as it is being implemented.”

Through the agreement, IPICYT will lead a broader aviation biofuel development effort involving 17 institutions including Aeromexico and Boeing; nine CONACYT research centers; Mexican companies Pemex, QENER and Tratamientos Reciclados del Sureste; the Mexican Petroleum Institute; Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in United Arab Emirates; and the U.S. Joint BioEnergy Institute.

The Mexican government and participating institutions will fund the effort for four years, aiming to develop a self-sustaining business model. Research will be conducted on biomass sourcing, fuel production, sustainability and lifecycle assessment, and aviation biofuel market development.

Aviation biofuel feedstocks in Mexico are expected to include jatropha, salt-tolerant Salicornia and sewage sludge. The initiative’s projects are expected to meet sustainability criteria established by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.

Using sustainably produced biofuel reduces lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to conventional petroleum fuel, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

As part of Boeing’s commitment to protect the environment and support long-term sustainable growth for commercial aviation, the company has active biofuel projects on six continents, including in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Southeast Asia.

Source: Boeing

Heathrow airlines’ move towards quieter planes

Virgin Atlantic leads Heathrow airlines’ move towards quieter planes


Heathrow, February 17, 2016: Heathrow’s latest Fly Quiet league results, ranking airlines’ noise performance from October to December 2015, are published today. The results show a clear trend towards quieter, newer planes at Heathrow, with airlines like Virgin Atlantic making substantive changes in their fleet over the last three months alone.

The latest data includes the largest single jump in scores tracking the use of quieter planes, since the start of the Fly Quiet program two years ago.  On average, scores tracking aircrafts’ noise certifications improved by 8%, compared to both last quarter (June – September 2015) and to the same point last year (October to December 2014). Noise certifications are used to determine an aircraft’s noise performance against the International Civil Aviation Organizations’ noise targets and to recognize “best in class” quiet technology.

Due in large part to its increased use of the ultra-quiet Boeing Dreamliners, and its transition away from the use of older, noisier 747’s, Virgin Atlantic has moved up nine places in the league table.

Joining Virgin as a Fly Quiet “winner” this quarter were:

  • Icelandair, which moved up 15 places (29 to 14), following an impressive improvement in its Continuous Descent performance. This moves the airline from the middle of the table to the top 20% quiet performers on the CDA metric.
  • Finnair, which has moved up 8 places, based on a combination of improvements in quiet approaches to the airport, as well as use of quieter planes operating at Heathrow.
  • Etihad, which has battled through very tough competition at the top of the league table to move up 5 places, due to its improved track keeping – that is, the ability of their aircraft to remain within “noise preferential routes” predetermined by the Government in the sky.

Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s Director of Sustainability and Environment said: “Every day, behind the scenes, our team is working directly with airlines to find new ways to make Heathrow quieter, sooner so we can be a better neighbor.  Our approach is yielding results.  In fact, airlines operate aircraft at Heathrow that are now 15% quieter than their global fleet. This, along with our drive towards quieter operating procedures, has meant Heathrow is now quieter than it’s ever been at any time since the 1970s.”

Besides close technical cooperation with airline partners, Heathrow Airport encourages airlines to operate their quietest aircraft by charging ten times more to fly older “Chapter 3” aircraft into the airport than the quietest, best in class planes.

Virgin Atlantic leads Heathrow airlines’ move towards quieter planes

Source: Heathrow Airport

Final assembly underway on first GE9X engine

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Evendale, Ohio, February 9, 2016: Final assembly is well underway on the first full GE9X engine that will test in the first half of 2016, four years before the GE9X engine enters service on a Boeing 777X aircraft. “Assembly of the first full GE9X engine is on track and coming together very nicely,” said Bill Millhaem, general manager of the GE90/GE9X engine programs at GE Aviation. “The GE9X team is extremely excited to see the engine design come to life and looks forward to watching it run soon on a test stand in Peebles, Ohio.“

The first engine to test (FETT) wraps up the extensive technology maturation program for the GE9X engine program, which began almost five years ago and has included component-level, system-level and core demo testing to validate the advanced technologies and materials in the new engine. FETT brings all the technologies together to demonstrate their operability as a complete propulsion system as well as provide early information on the engine’s aerodynamic and thermal characteristics.

Compared to prior engine development programs, the GE9X FETT is scheduled earlier in the development process, just a mere six months after the engine design was finalized. The second GE9X engine is scheduled to test in 2017 along with flight testing on GE Aviation’s flying test bed. This timing assures all learnings from FETT will be captured in all certification engines. Engine certification is anticipated in 2018.

With almost 700 GE9X engines on order, the GE9X engine will be in the 100,000 pound thrust class and will be the largest engine ever produced with a 134-inch diameter composite fan case and 16 fourth generation carbon fiber composite fan blades. Other key features include; a next-generation 27:1 pressure-ratio 11-stage high-pressure compressor; a third-generation TAPS III combustor for high efficiency and low emissions; and CMC material in the combustor and turbine.

IHI Corporation, Snecma and Techspace Aero (Safran), and MTU Aero Engines AG are participants in the GE9X engine program.

Source: GE Aviation

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