Etihad & Boeing launch sustainable test flights

The 2020 program will be the first to use a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. The testing program is expected to last approximately four weeks before the Etihad aircraft is entered into service in Abu Dhabi.
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Updated 27 July 2020

Etihad & Boeing launch sustainable test flights

Etihad Airways and Boeing will work together starting in August on the seventh iteration of the ecoDemonstrator program to test innovative technologies in the air, building on the core innovation and sustainability tenets of their strategic partnership signed in November 2019.

The ecoDemonstrator program utilizes commercial aircraft as flying testbeds to accelerate technology development that will make commercial aviation safer and more sustainable now and in the future. The 2020 program will be the first to use a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. It will leverage the Etihad Greenliner program as part of the broader Etihad-Boeing Strategic Partnership to test cutting-edge technologies and explore “blue sky” opportunities to improve airspace efficiency, reduce fuel use, and cut CO2 emissions.

Tony Douglas, Etihad Aviation Group CEO, said: “This is the latest program under Etihad’s industry-leading strategic partnership with Boeing, focusing on innovating real-world solutions to the key sustainability challenges facing the aviation industry.

“When we launched the partnership with the announcement of the Etihad Greenliner program at the Dubai Airshow last year, we promised it was just the beginning of a deep, structural partnership between our two organizations that would go on to lead the industry toward a sustainable future. The ecoDemonstrator program is founded on innovation and sustainability. These are core values for Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi, and the UAE, and Etihad and Boeing see a great opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge to minimize the impact of aviation on the environment.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal said: “Industry collaboration is a key aspect of Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program that enables us to accelerate innovation. We’re proud to broaden our sustainability partnership with Etihad Airways by testing promising technologies that can reduce emissions, help commercial aviation meet our climate goals, and allow the industry to grow in a responsible manner that respects our planet and its natural resources.”

Boeing and Etihad will work with industry leading partners, including NASA and Safran Landing Systems, to conduct aircraft noise measurements from sensors on the airplane and the ground. The data will be used to validate aircraft noise prediction processes and the sound reduction potential of aircraft designs, including landing gear, that are modified for quieter operations. In addition, a flight will be conducted during which pilots, air traffic controllers and an airline’s operations center will simultaneously share digital information to optimize routing efficiency and enhance safety by reducing workload and radio frequency congestion.

Test flights will be flown on a blend of sustainable fuel, which significantly lowers aviation’s environmental footprint. The testing program is expected to last approximately four weeks before Etihad’s Boeing 787-10 is entered into service in Abu Dhabi.


Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

Updated 05 August 2020

Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

  • Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds
  • The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals

DUBAI: Khalaf Al Habtoor, the founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group (AHG), based in the UAE, is reaching out with timely aid for the Lebanese people after the massive explosion at a Beirut port on Tuesday, August 4, that devastated many neighborhoods, leaving more than a hundred dead people and thousands injured.

Al Habtoor, known for his philanthropic activities in the UAE and abroad, said he will extend all possible efforts within his means to aid the affected people in Lebanon as a first step of a multi-pronged assistance plan. As a first step, Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds. The hospitals to be aided through this initiative include Haroun Hospital, Al Makasid Hospital, Levant Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Rafic Hariri Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, Hrar.

Additionally, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals, conducting at least 100 operations for those injured in the explosion. To help those who require much needed recovery and recuperation assistance, the hospital will also rent out a nearby hotel, which will act as a temporary off-site field hospital for post-operative care and treatment.

More than 300,000 people have been left homeless by the blast, which tore through several dozen neighborhoods close to the port area, razing several buildings and shattering glass windows in a much wider area outside the blast zone. Two hotels owned by Habtoor Hospitality in Beirut, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Metropolitan Palace, have been damaged in the fallout of the explosion.

Al Habtoor said: “The country and people of Lebanon have always had a special place in my heart. This explosion which has devastated the capital city in the midst of an already severe economic crisis has left the common people badly shaken. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and will leave no stone unturned in reaching them the best possible emergency and medical aid, post-operative care and temporary accommodation for those rendered homeless by the tragic event.”

He added that the cries of the Lebanese people for help have been heard and that it was important to respond by offering the right kind of assistance and treatment, in terms of quantity, quality and the timing it reaches the people.

The visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist has extended generous contribution to Lebanon in various forms over the last decade, including refugee aid programs, Ramadan campaigns, wintertime distribution of food packages and blankets, the establishment of The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, and a multitude of charitable donations.