For the first time, Etihad Airways and GE Aviation have partnered to launch GE’s 360 Foam Wash. This is a jet engine cleaning system that is set to enhance the performance of Etihad’s GE90 and GEnx-1B engines on its Boeing 777 and 787 fleets.
General Electric (GE) is collaborating with Etihad, the national airline of the UAE, as a launch partner for the Greenline program to innovate, develop and validate decarbonization technologies. GE has licensed Etihad to use GE’s proprietary 360 Foam Wash system on its GE90 and GEnx-1B engines. The approval allows Etihad Airways to perform a complete engine foam wash on its Boeing 777 and 787 fleet.
This GE’s technology, when tested with GE90 and GEnx, raised the efficiency of the engines. Furthermore, the reduction in fuel consumption and improvement in engine on-wing serviceability was also observed.
GE’s 360 Foam Wash is an alternative method to wash engines with water. It restores engine efficiency and lessens fuel consumption. The process involves the injection of a specially formulated solution that removes dust and dirt particles in the engine. Since the system is self-contained, it can be used inside maintenance hangars as well as outdoors.
The collaboration of Etihad Airways in the trial process was essential to the product’s development. It contributed to GE’s data collection and analysis, and boost the reliability of 360 Foam Wash equipment. The airline was one of the first to collaborate with GE on its 360 Foam Wash innovation.
“GE Aviation shares a commitment to develop innovative solutions in aircraft engine maintenance with the team at Etihad Airways,” Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s aftermarket strategic solutions, said.
“We are learning more about how our engines operate and how they respond in hot and harsh environments than ever before, and our longstanding relationship with Etihad has been integral to that process. The research that has gone into producing GE’s 360 Foam Wash is a shining example of that.”
Etihad Airways commits to sustainability approaches by attempting to reach a net-zero CO2 target by 2050 and reducing the usage of plastic.
“Etihad’s long-term commitment to net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 can only be achieved by working with partners across the industry to harness innovation and develop new technologies that will provide real, incremental benefits with a measurable impact on emissions,” Paul Kear, Senior Vice President Technical, Etihad Airways, said.
“As we look towards the rest of 2021, there is potential to expand the scope of collaboration for our shared sustainability objectives,” he added.
Etihad also joined forces with Boeing and GE in a first-of-its-kind “eco partnership” through the Greenliner program. With specially-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the airline is set to test products, procedures, and initiatives to reduce aircraft carbon emission, in another word, the airline is leading towards green technology.