Boeing, KLM Demonstrate New Technologies to Optimize Flight

         Boeing, KLM Demonstrate New Technologies to Optimize Flight

PR Newswire

AMSTERDAM, March 8, 2013

AMSTERDAM, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and KLM Royal Dutch
Airlines have begun a series of commercial flights that will demonstrate how
several advanced technologies, fuels and concepts can significantly improve
operational efficiency, save fuel and reduce carbon and noise emissions. The
technology demonstration encompasses all aspects of an aircraft's flight –
preflight, takeoff, cruise, descent and post-landing.

The first of the flights, with a KLM Boeing 777-200 aircraft flying round trip
from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to John F. Kennedy International Airport in
New York, is scheduled today. A total of 26 flights are planned for a program
called "Optimal Flight" that will continue through 2013.

"The art of the possible comes to life with Optimal Flight: It combines all of
Boeing's current flight efficiency projects in a single program to demonstrate
the most efficient, environmentally progressive flight possible," said Mike
Caflisch, director of airspace programs for Boeing's Digital Aviation Customer
Solutions. "This demonstration program will help us determine where next to
focus our research and development to deliver improvements to air traffic
management and airline services for our customers."

Each flight is being powered in part by sustainable aviation biofuel sourced
from used cooking oil. Boeing is at the epicenter of the industry's efforts to
develop and commercialize renewable fuel sources that don't compete with food,
water or land resources. 

The flights also feature new services that provide various advisories directly
into the aircraft's flight management computer (FMC) and mobile device in the
flight deck.

Developed by Boeing Research & Technology, the flight services highlight
applications that increase real-time situational awareness for pilots using
advanced digital aviation and air traffic management concepts. They include:

  oAutomation to integrate the dispatch and modified versions of the flight
    plan and performance data into the FMC. This saves work for the flight
    crew, allows for real-time adjustments and reduces errors by eliminating
    the need to make repeated FMC entries.
  oProcedures and software applications that provide the air crew with
    recommendations to optimize the aircraft's speed variance while providing
    real-time weather advisories in flight to save fuel and enable more
    accurate waypoint arrival predictions.

If the Optimal Flight Program is successful, Boeing and KLM will establish new
operational procedures and recommendations for follow-on development programs
with the partners, including NLR, TU Delft (Delft University of Technology),
John F. Kennedy International Airport, Gander, Shanwick, NATS Domestic and
Schiphol Group.

There is also focused research and development through a joint agreement
between Boeing, KLM, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Air Traffic Control in the
Netherlands. This agreement is an extension of an agreement first signed in
2002 to develop solutions for the sustained growth of aviation in the

"Boeing is committed to improving the efficiency of flight by working with
progressive airlines such as KLM to accelerate smart technololgies and make
them available for regular commercial use," said Julie Felgar, managing
director of environment and aviation policy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Through our support and services organization and commitment to relentless
research, we can help ensure their airplanes are safe, reliable and on time."

"This is yet another great example of a value-added partnership between Boeing
and the Netherlands, a country with an outstanding aerospace and technology
industry," said Brian Moran, vice president, Boeing Northern Europe. "KLM is
one of the most progressive airlines in the industry and a great partner in
our ongoing commitment to finding ways to realize savings in fuel and
reductions in emissions and noise."

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