Rolls-Royce and Etihad Sign for Shared Sustainability Vision

Nov 15, 2021: Rolls-Royce and Etihad Airways have signed a comprehensive agreement to promote sustainable aviation at the Dubai Air Show on Sunday.

The agreement targets the application of electrification technologies and hybrid systems to the field of passenger aircraft and fast-emerging urban air mobility (UAMs).

The two companies said they would work with partners such as Airbus to implement sustainable new technology solutions and developments in the Etihad’s upcoming fleet of A350 aircraft, led by the Sustainability50 flagship aircraft.

Through its innovations in the use of electric and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Rolls-Royce believes it has the key to opening the door to opportunities on decarbonization, its net zero strategy and related announcements last week. COP26 at the World Environment Summit in Scotland.

“Our commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 can only be achieved by working collaboratively with our valued customers,” said Chris Cholerton, president of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace. “Our longstanding relationship with Etihad Airways provides an excellent foundation to build innovative solutions in aviation as we embark on our common journey towards an increasingly sustainable industry.”

Rolls-Royce said its annual underlying revenue totaled £11.76 billion in 2020 and that it invested £1.25 billion on research and development. “We also support a global network of 28 university technology centers, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research,” it added.

According to Etihad aviation group CEO, Tony Douglas, “Today’s agreement builds on our long history with Rolls-Royce and formalizes our cooperation for decarbonization, as we research, develop, and test sustainable solutions to move the industry forward toward net-zero,”

“There is no quick fix to overcome the challenge of aviation sustainability; it is going to take a united effort if we are to reach our shared goals of drastically reducing the carbon emissions of air travel.”

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