Boeing Makes 777 Final Assembly and Delivery More Eco-Friendly
Boeing has discovered ten new ways to reduce its environmental impact during the final assembly and delivery stages of its 777 aircraft. The initiatives are predicted to reduce C02 emissions by 5.5 million pounds and jet fuel by 300,000 gallons annually.
When Air New Zealand took delivery of a 777-300ER aircraft earlier this month, it became the first carrier to benefit from all of the new processes.
Boeing workers are using new methods during the painting and delivery of its 777s to reduce the amount of water and hydraulic filters used, and are also increasing recycling, and the use of electric vehicles rather than those that are gas-powered. Boeing is also using new environmentally-friendly chrome-free primer to reduce health and safety risks, and Air New Zealand is using the primer on its new 777-300ERs.
Boeing is also reducing fuel loads and flight times through more efficient pre-planning to increase fuel economy during test flights. While use of the chrome-free primer is optional to carriers taking delivery of the aircraft, the other nine initiatives are being employed in the process.