ecoDemonstrator's new mission

ZA004 took to the skies again on Monday serving as our 787 ecoDemonstrator. The airplane is now testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving environmental performance during every phase of flight.


The 787 ecoDemonstrator prepares for its flight from Boeing Field. All photos by John Parker.

These technologies include operational efficiency, aerodynamic and flight-control improvements for greater fuel efficiency, remote sensors to remove wiring, and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation.


Other tests include NASA airborne spacing for terminal arrival routes to improve landing efficiency, new greenhouse gas sensors evaluated in collaboration with Japan Airlines and others, as well as real-time turbulence reports generated in collaboration with Delta Air Lines to mitigate turbulence.


We’re excited to test these technologies and look forward to getting the results.

Comments (3)

Dr Dorothy (Washington):

Congratulations to Boeing 787 ecoDemonstrator which together with the efforts of our NASA and USAF maintaining the good environment as well as the good ecology contributing to the grand harvest of farmers and fishermen in our USA!

rsal (USA):

Mr. Randy,
No doubt is there that America is leading the world mostly in all aspects of technology in particular aerospace & plane industry. Taking that in consideration, I wonder why Boeing didn't take in consideration using B787 approach / style for building B777X main body, front end section from carbon fiber as well as using the new window style in stead of using the same traditional one.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

I wonder if the new 777X and 737 MAX will incorporate the same technologies that are being demonstrated on the ecoDreamliner?

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