2 April 2017

Etihad Airways and Boeing check on biofuel progress at Masdar

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, joined Scott Fancher, Boeing Senior Vice President, at the integrated seawater and agriculture system facility within Masdar City to check on the project’s progress this week.

The facility is a world first, demonstrating the use of seawater and natural fertiliser from aquaculture to grow plant biomass which can be converted into aviation fuel. It is the flagship project of the ‘Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium’ led by the Masdar Institute with members including Etihad Airways, Boeing, Takreer, GE and Safran.

The biomass will be harvested in June and the oil extracted from the seeds. The plan is to have this oil refined to jet fuel and used on an Etihad Airways flight.

Photo caption: From left to right - Darrin Morgan, Director of Sustainable Fuels Strategy at Boeing; Linden Coppell, Head of Sustainability at Etihad Airways; Alejandro Rios Galvan, Director of Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium at Masdar Institute; Mohammad Al Bulooki, EVP Commercial of Etihad Airways; Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways; ‎ Scott Fancher, Senior Vice President of Program Management, Integration & Development Programs at Boeing; Roula Droubi, Government, Industry Community and Engagement Manager at Boeing Middle East and Bernard Dunn, President of Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.