Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator programme will explore 36 new technologies focused on operational efficiency and the sustainability of aircraft interiors as it begins its latest round of testing. 

The latest group of technologies to be tested on the programme’s flagship 777-200ER aircraft will include seats fitted with sensors to detect if someone is seated during takeoff and landing, cabin insulation designed to reduce noise and regulate humidity, and the use of different airport approach procedures to reduce emissions and noise. 

Brian Moran, Boeing’s chief sustainability officer, said: “The ecoDemonstrator program is among our most iconic flight demonstrators, having tested 250 technologies since it first took flight in 2012. 

“This year’s testing of various cabin interiors aims to help solve for the portion of our airplanes that is not reusable or recyclable while also reducing fuel use and crew workload.” 

Cabin-based tech included in the programme will include galley technologies designed to help cabin services more efficient, more durable and recyclable floor coverings and ceiling panels made of 25% bio-based resin, and a touchless water conservation lavatory. 

In addition to technology used during flight, the 2024 programme will also include testing to enable single-engine taxi and digital taxi clearances at an airport to reduce fuel use and enhance safety by reducing pilot workload. 

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The 777-200ER used by the ecoDemonstrator programme was introduced to the company in 2022 and has been used to demonstrate a range of technologies, though 2024 is believed to be its final year of operation for the project. 

Last year Boeing announced that it would also be adding a fleet of “Explorer” planes to the programme that will test specific technologies on a short-term basis, with the first project using a 787-10 plane to test the efficiencies that can be gained by coordinating navigation across global airspace.