FedEx Express and Boeing to fly the next ecoDemonstrator
A new Boeing 777-200ERF Freighter made for FedEx Express will test emerging technologies such as propulsion advancements and flight deck innovations, starting in 2018. The ecoDemonstrator program is currently in its fifth iteration and it serves as a series of flying testbeds designed to improve the environmental performance and safety of future airplanes.
“The ecoDemonstrator program is focused on harvesting exciting new technologies that will benefit our airline customers, the flying public and the environment,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development.
The tests with the FedEx 777 Freighter will mark the fifth iteration of the ecoDemonstrator. Since starting the program in 2011, more than 60 technologies has been tested, using four aircraft, a Boeing 737 (2012), a Boeing 787 (2014), a Boeing 757 (2015) and a Embraer E170 (2016).
The ecoDemonstrator project is the latest collaboration in a 38-year relationship between Boeing and FedEx. ”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.” said David Cunningham, president & CEO of FedEx Express.
This time cases as 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 will be in included ecoDemonstrator testing process.
Approximately in the last three months, flight testing will be implemented before the airplane returns to the FedEx fleet, reported Boeing.
In 2019, Boeing plans to test fly-by-wire control for auto-takeoff and auto-taxiing using a 787.