United Arab Emirates (UAE) national airline Etihad Airways has teamed up with aircraft manufacturer Boeing in a strategic partnership that will focus on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as well as innovation, cost efficiency and reducing the impact of aviation on the environment.
Under the agreement signed by Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, and Stanley Deal, executive vice-president of Boeing at the 2019 Dubai International Air Show, the companies will share knowledge, experience and resources to improve the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft.
Additionally, Etihad and Boeing unveiled a ‘Greenliner’ livery for one of the airline’s 787 Dreamliners, to highlight their shared commitment to more sustainable aviation, and to test new products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce fuel consumption.
The partnership will be supported by commercial and technical agreements worth around AED 800 million (€196.8 million), which cover a range of services including a landing gear overhaul programme, high value airframe components and maintenance planning optimisation tools.
“Innovation, productivity and sustainability are core values and objectives of Etihad Airways, and of Abu Dhabi, and the Boeing 787 is a key enabler of all three,” commented Douglas. “Etihad and Boeing see great opportunities to share our combined knowledge of this incredible aircraft, and to work with other aviation stakeholders to explore opportunities for more innovation and less environmental impact.”
Deal added: “The 787 Dreamliner and its revolutionary design have enabled carriers such as Etihad Airways to significantly reduce fuel use and emissions. It is the perfect platform for advancing our industry’s commitment to sustainable growth. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Etihad Airways and identifying more ways to improve efficiency across commercial aviation.”
The new commercial and technical agreements build upon a history of partnership between Etihad and Boeing. Both companies are members of a research consortium to encourage the development of sustainable aviation fuels in the UAE region.
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