Boeing, Embraer unveil ecoDemonstrator aircraft

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Embraer S.A. (BM&F Bovespa: EMBR3) (NYSE: ERJ) have unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program, expanding Boeing and Embraer´s cooperation agreement, the companies said.

The company will test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace.mAn Embraer E170 will serve as the flying testbed and will feature environmental technologies that will undergo operational testing in Brazil during August and September.

The ecoDemonstrator flights will test several technologies designed to reduce carbon emissions, fuel use and noise.

The ecoDemonstrator collaboration expands a relationship that began in 2012 when Boeing and Embraer signed a cooperation agreement to benefit their customers, their companies and the global aviation industry. Since then, Boeing and Embraer have supported Embraer´s KC-390 defense aircraft program and improved runway safety by providing commercial customers with tools to reduce runway excursions. Last year Boeing and Embraer opened a joint biofuel research center in São José dos Campos to perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

To date, the ecoDemonstrator program has tested more than 50 technologies, using a Next-Generation 737-800 (2012), 787 (2014) and 757 (2015) as flying test beds.