Boeing, an American manufacturer of aircraft, declared on Sunday that India is a priority nation for its ambitious effort to decarbonize aerospace globally, including both military and commercial aircraft, and to pave the way for a sustainable future. By 2030, commercial aircraft will be able to operate on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), according to Brian, vice president of Boeing's global sustainability policy and partnerships.
"India is crucial to Boeing's aviation business as well as our quest for sustainability. I find some of the commitments and potential for India to achieve self-sufficiency through the expansion of sustainable aviation fuel to be very encouraging "He spoke to PTI.
In a landmark revelation to the world, Boeing stated last year that by 2030, all of its commercial aircraft would be capable of using only sustainable aviation fuels.
The discussion of reducing aviation's carbon emissions has become more widespread. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) promised to promote a net-zero aviation objective by 2050 during a recent meeting in Montreal.
For nearly eight decades, Boeing has been a significant partner of India's aerospace industry, serving as the backbone of both the nation's commercial aviation industry and its armed services.
Without going into specifics, Moran said Boeing will concentrate heavily on using biofuel for its military aircraft in India.
Currently, the three services are using a variety of Boeing platforms, including AH-64 Apache helicopters, Chinook helicopters, and C-17 cargo planes.
"The good news is that we have operated the F/A-18 Hornet on sustainable aviation fuel for more than ten years. Back then, it was jokingly referred to as the Green Hornet. We have already flown the F/A-18, but some of our other products, like the C-17, which is a stock here in India, and the Apache, which is currently in service with the SAF, "added he.
We are aware that the Indian Air Force is testing SAF made in India as part of the energy mix and see significant promise in it. I believe the military has a crucial role to play if you consider the goal of self-reliance and providing your own fuel here, he said.
The Indian armed services will benefit if they choose Boeing's platforms, according to Moran, as the company is heavily focused on developing futuristic aircraft.
We advise our partners to work with Boeing because of their partnerships in the supply chain, sustainable aerospace, and the products themselves, he said.
"This is not just about whether one platform can fly on SAF or not," said Moran. "This is about our knowledge of sustainable aviation fuels, which dates back to the very first flight on SAF in 2008 on a 747 and an all-the-way flying on our different products, military and commercial, on different blends, on different pathways, and partnerships around the world with SAF producers.
The top Boeing executive also stated that the business is optimistic in its ability to begin rolling out all of its commercial aircraft in 2030 that are capable of using just SAF.
"We are confident in that because in 2018 we successfully completed the maiden flight using only SAF. That was on a 777 freighter at the time. Since then, we've worked along with our engine suppliers to launch United Airlines' first passenger flight using just SAF "said he.
However, Moran acknowledged that using only SAF characterized as 100 percent presented its own difficulties.
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