Etihad Airways to use Boeing’s digital solution to boost 787 fleet efficiency

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Etihad Airways has selected Boeing to provide the Jeppesen FliteDeck Advisor digital solution for its 787 Dreamliner fleet in order to optimize operational efficiency and minimize fuel consumption.

FliteDeck Advisor has already shown to be beneficial to Etihad. The airline revealed that the digital solution conserved 1.4 percent on cruise fuel, saving an average of 350 kilograms of fuel and 1,100 kilograms of CO2 per voyage, during a trial on several of its 787 Dreamliners.

Since 2019, Boeing and Etihad have collaborated on sustainability efforts centered on the airline’s 787 Dreamliner fleet, including on Etihad’s participation in Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program, where the FliteDeck Advisor solution was initially trialed.

Mr. Sulaiman Yaqoobi, Vice President of Flight Operations, Etihad Airways said that “We have been very pleased with the fuel and cost savings we have achieved with FliteDeck Advisor. FliteDeck Advisor was tested as part of the Etihad Greenliner program, and it is great to now see it deployed across the 787 fleet, helping Etihad achieve efficiency gains and reduce CO2 emissions.”

In 2021, the two companies renewed and expanded their sustainability alliance to focus on enhancing the efficiency of navigation and flight operations, airframe technologies and sustainable practices to reduce emissions.

Jeppesen FliteDeck Advisor analyzes airplane-specific performance metrics for all Boeing aircraft, including changes over time with aircraft age and maintenance action. The tool enables flight crews to make small, real-time adjustments to their course, altitude, and speed to optimize fuel use and minimize the carbon footprint of each flight.

Boeing provides several other digital solutions and services to Etihad’s 787 fleet including Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, Jeppesen Crew Rostering and Boeing Wind Updates, which provides crew scheduling, charting, navigation, and flight efficiency capabilities.

“Etihad has been a tremendous partner in advancing sustainable aviation technologies, and we are excited to continue providing them with solutions that help them decarbonize their fleet while meeting their commercial goals,” said Mr. Duane Wehking, vice president of Digital Aviation Solutions at Boeing Global Services.

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