Boeing and FedEx Express are to work together to fly the next ecoDemonstrator aircraft, using a new Boeing 777 Freighter to test emerging technologies.
The ecoDemonstrator program, now in its fifth iteration, serves as a testbed to improve environmental performance and safety of future aircraft, and this round includes installing a compact thrust reverser to save fuel, flight deck improvements that can improve efficient operations in and out of busy airports, and flying prototype parts using cutting edge manufacturing techniques that reduce material waste.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of product development, Mike Sinnett says: “The ecoDemonstrator program is focused on harvesting exciting new technologies that will benefit our airline customers, the flying public and the environment.”
FedEx Express president and chief executive officer, David Cunningham says: “FedEx is committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions that connect the world responsibly and resourcefully. We’re proud to work with Boeing and use our 777 Freighter to play a key role in bringing future benefits to the entire aviation industry.”
Flight testing will last about three months before the aircraft returns to the FedEx fleet.