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KLM

AkzoNobel Coating Improves KLM Aircraft’s Efficiency

An AkzoNobel coating, used on KLM’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offers potential weight reduction, which helps lower fuel costs, and uses less paint, which means the aircraft can fly more efficiently than comparable aircraft. KLM chose AkzoNobel to supply its aerospace coating to the aircraft. The basecoat/clearcoat system also produces … Read more »

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic’s Carbon Down, Profits Up

Virgin Atlantic’s greenhouse gas emissions have dropped 12 percent since 2007, according to the company’s 2015 “Change is in the Air” sustainability report. In 2014, Virgin Atlantic operated more flights and carried more people than any year since 2007 while it’s absolute carbon footprint was down 12 percent since this … Read more »

NTSB: Battery Defect Cause of Boeing 787 Fire

Defects in design and certification were responsible for a lithium-ion battery fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston last January, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the incident. The fire prompted an immediate grounding of Dreamliners by the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as … Read more »

Boeing ecoDemonstrator

Boeing ecoDemonstrator Tests Green Technology

The Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 has begun flight testing more than 25 technologies aimed at improving aviation’s environmental performance. This new round of testing, using 787 Dreamliner ZA004, will evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency, remote sensors to reduce wiring, aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel … Read more »

Boeing to Recycle Dreamliner Carbon Fiber

Boeing and Russell Brands are teaming up to recycle excess carbon fiber from 787 Dreamliner production into protective athletic gear. The companies are expanding on a previous collaboration where 787 carbon fiber is placed into Russell Athletic’s CarbonTek football shoulder pad system. Boeing currently markets surplus factory materials to meet the … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: VW, Navistar, SpiceJet, Zenith, Avolon, Boeing

Volkswagen of America has announced providers of charging services for its e-Golf models. Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will be the charging station (pictured) and installation services partner for the e-Golf and ChargePoint will provide VW branded stations to all e-Golf dealerships and access to the largest network of public EV charging … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: BMW, Boeing, Hino, NHSTA, Newport Coachworks

Hino Motors and Denso have jointly developed the world’s first electric refrigerator system for heavy-duty trucks using a hybrid unit. Hybrid trucks conventionally use energy generated from hybrid systems to assist the vehicle’s driving. However, this truck uses energy from a hybrid unit only for the new electric refrigeration system, which … Read more »

Boeing

Boeing Project Harvests Biofuel from Desert Plants

Boeing and research partners in the United Arab Emirates are collaborating on a project to test desert plants fed by seawater called halophytes, which the partners say will produce aviation biofuel more efficiently than other feedstocks. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), affiliated with the Masdar Institute of Science and … Read more »

Oracle Team USA yacht

Boeing, Oracle Team USA Recycle America’s Cup-Class Yacht

Boeing and Oracle Team USA, winner of the 34th America’s Cup, are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber of USA-71, a yacht built for training during the America’s Cup campaign in 2003. The hull and mast of the racing yacht will be processed and repurposed, a first-of-its-kind effort … Read more »

Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus’ Fuel-Efficient Jets Fly into Boeing Territory

Airbus has received a $9.5 billion order from Japan Airlines for 31 fuel-efficient A350 jets (pictured), the New York Times reports. The planes will likely replace Boeing 777s — and signal a larger problem for Boeing, which has traditionally dominated the Japanese market, aviation analysts tell the newspaper. Boeing’s Dreamliner … Read more »

dreamliner boeing

All Nippon Airways Finds Defective Wiring in Boeing Dreamliner

All Nippon Airways said it discovered defective wiring in the engine fire-extinguishing system on three of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, another in a long line of problems that has plagued the fuel-efficient aircraft. A separate 787 operated by Japan Airlines was forced to turn back to Tokyo midflight for the … Read more »

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing Dreamliner Fire Investigation Focuses on Honeywell Beacon

A Honeywell emergency beacon may have caused last week’s fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and should be turned off, British aviation officials said yesterday. Boeing says it supports the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s (AAIB) recommendations and remains “confident the 787 is safe.” Also on Thursday, a Japan Airlines … Read more »