By establishing a new Boeing Research and Technology centre in Japan, Boeing intends to deepen its existing connection with that country. This facility will have a strong emphasis on environmental friendliness and will provide assistance for a recently enlarged collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI).
The scope of the 2019 Cooperation Agreement between Boeing and METI will be expanded, and it will now include a focus on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), electric and hydrogen powertrain. This expansion was agreed to by both parties. This is in addition to the investigation of electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, battery technology, and composite fabrication, all of which will make it possible to create new forms of urban transportation.
Nagoya, which is already home to many of Boeing’s main industrial partners and suppliers, has been selected as the location for the BR&T – Japan Research Center. The research and development footprint that Boeing already has in the area, which includes facilities in Australia, China, and Korea, will be expanded even further by the new site.
Boeing is totally dedicated to assisting Japan’s SAF business, and the company has just been recognised as the newest member of ACT FOR SKY, a non-profit organisation consisting of 16 firms that aims to market, promote, and grow the usage of SAF that is manufactured in Japan. All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), all of which are Boeing clients, together with the worldwide engineering corporation JGC Holdings Corporation and the biofuel manufacturer Revo International, established the company.
A spokesperson for ACT FOR SKY named Masahiro Aika made the following statement: “ACT FOR SKY welcomes the cooperation of Boeing. We are looking forward to working together with Boeing and the other members of ACT to further the commercialization, promotion, and extension of SAF in Japan.
Boeing has a long history of working with ANA and JAL on sustainable aviation, which includes pioneering SAF-powered flights and introducing the ground-breaking 787 Dreamliner. In addition to becoming partners in ACT FOR SKY, Boeing has also joined forces with ANA and JAL to form ACT FOR SKY. Today, they inked agreements to work together to investigate advanced sustainable technologies, including as electric, hybrid, hydrogen, and other revolutionary propulsion systems, in an effort to lessen the impact that aeroplanes have on the environment due to their production of carbon dioxide.
Chris Raymond, Chief Sustainability Officer of Boeing, stated that “to ensure that the enormous societal benefits of aviation remain available for generations to come, we must continue to partner with capable innovators and leaders to support the industry’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.” It is an honour for us to become members of ACT FOR SKY and to work in partnership with the organization’s other members to discuss and disseminate the most effective policies and procedures from around the world, as well as to contribute to the expansion of SAF in Japan. In addition, we are ecstatic to announce the opening of our Japan Research Center and to deepen our collaboration with ANA and JAL, two of our valued airline clients, to develop cutting-edge technologies that will enable carbon-neutral flying.