The aviation world is abuzz with news of Boeing’s brand new ecoDemonstrator. The 787-10 Dreamliner is eventually headed for Etihad Airways and will be fitted out with a plethora of sensors designed to help test out new technology. Right now, Boeing is flight testing the Dreamliner ahead of delivery, getting it all set to be delivered to the Middle East airline.
The Etihad 787 was announced as the latest ecoDemonstrator for the US manufacturer at this year’s virtual Farnborough International Airshow. It will be used to test out various sustainability technologies, including nose to tail connectivity, as well as methods of improving hygiene and even noise reduction.
However, this is not the first ecoDemonstrator to be put into service by Boeing. Indeed, the planemaker has been using its aircraft for real-world testing of new tech for almost a decade. Here’s a brief history of the ecoDemonstrator program and the aircraft used by Boeing.
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