SEATTLE. Starting in 2018, a new Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft made for FedEx Express will test emerging technologies, such as propulsion advancements and flight deck innovations. Boeing [NYSE:BA] and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX), are working together to fly the next ecoDemonstrator to accelerate aerospace innovation.
The ecoDemonstrator program, now in its fifth iteration, serves as a series of flying testbeds designed to improve the environmental performance and safety of future airplanes.
The 2018 ecoDemonstrator will be a collaboration between Boeing and FedEx. Boeing will borrow a 777 Freighter, like the one in this artist's drawing, and test more than 30 technologies in a flight test program next spring. (Boeing illustration)
This round of ecoDemonstrator testing includes installing a compact thrust reverser developed by Boeing designed to save fuel, flight deck improvements that can improve efficient operations in and out of busy airports, and flying prototype airplane parts using cutting-edge manufacturing techniques that reduce material waste.
"The ecoDemonstrator program is focused on harvesting exciting new technologies that will benefit our airline customers, the flying public, and the environment," says Mike Sinnett, vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes product development.
"FedEx is committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions that connect the world responsibly and resourcefully," adds David Cunningham, president and CEO, FedEx Express. "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."
The collaboration on the newest ecoDemonstrator project is the latest in a 38-year relationship between Boeing and FedEx.
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