Boeing Partners With NASA on Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Project

The Boeing Company ranked No. 12 on the Fair360 2023 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.


Boeing and NASA will partner to collaborate with airlines in the United States to advise the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator (SFD) project and development of the X-66A research aircraft.

The SFD project is part of Boeing and NASA’s efforts to improve sustainability. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines will provide input on operational efficiencies, maintenance, handling characteristics and airport compatibility.

“Hearing directly from the operators during all phases of the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project will help us understand exact requirements and tradeoffs,” said Todd Citron, Chief Technology Officer at Boeing. “The airlines’ feedback will significantly contribute to the X-66A project learnings while furthering aviation sustainability.”

The X-66A will test the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) airframe configuration. It is NASA’s first X-plane focused on helping achieve net-zero aviation greenhouse gas emissions.

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