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Etihad announces 787-9 'Greenliner'

Boeing 787-9 Etihad Airways Greenliner livery

- 18 November 2019 -
There is another special livery to come from Etihad Airways. The airline will paint one of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in a special green-blue 'Etihad Greenliner' colour scheme.

The aircraft will be used for research on sustainable aviation initiatives and will fly early next year. At the 2019 Dubai International Air Show, Etihad Airways and Boeing announced an 'eco partnership', in which the specially-themed 787 will be used to test products, procedures and initiatives aimed to reduce aircraft carbon dioxide emissions in operational conditions. Working groups will be formed between the flight operations and engineering arms of both companies, and other stakeholders, from equipment suppliers to airspace regulators, will be invited to join the project.

Etihad and Boeing are already cooperating in Abu Dhabi’s Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), also including the Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Safran and Bauer Resources. The consortium is working on the development of biofuel from saltwater-tolerant plants in commercially viable quantities. The first commercial flight using this fuel was with an Etihad 787 from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam in January this year. The intention is to make more such flights with the ‘Etihad Greenliner’.

Etihad currently operates 30 787-9s and six of the larger 787-10s. (Image: Boeing / Etihad)

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