In March of 2015, the Boeing’s 757 ecoDemonstrator
took its first flight out of Seattle’s Boeing Field following a several months-long test program of wing and vertical tail technologies. The goal is to improve efficiency by reducing environmental effects on natural laminar flow. To do so, Boeing has teamed up with NASA and the TUI Group in order to refine the new technologies that will most improve the aircraft’s environmental performance. TUI Group, the world's largest integrated tourism group, is excited to be collaborating with Boeing. The main goal of their collaboration is to find a way to reduce carbon emissions. Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability at TUI Group said in a statement,
"We are very pleased to partner with Boeing for the next phase of their ecoDemonstrator program, as TUI Group is highly committed to achieving further environmental efficiency across our whole business and remaining the industry leader on carbon efficiency with our airlines.”
Headquartered in Hanover, Germany, the TUI Group is preparing for a low-carbon future by reducing its environmental impact and encouraging both its suppliers and customers to do the same. The Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project, Boeing’s contract with NASA, will test two technologies: First, on the right wing, NASA will test bug-phobic coatings to reduce the residue left by bug strikes on the leading edges of aircraft wings. The goal is to enable more drag-reducing laminar flow over the remainder of the wing. Second, on the vertical tail, the two companies together are testing active flow control to improve airflow over the rudder and maximize its aerodynamic efficiency. Based on wind-tunnel testing, active flow control could improve the rudder's efficiency by up to 20 percent and could possibly allow for a smaller vertical tail design in the near future. Mike Sinnett, Vice President of Product Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes said in a statement,
“The ecoDemonstrator 757 furthers our commitment to accelerate innovative technologies for current and future airplane programs. The Boeing ecoDemonstrator program is focused on putting new, more environmentally efficient technologies and airplanes in the hands of our customers sooner."
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