Boeing introduces new wash technology for RAAF’s C-17 fleet

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Boeing has adopted a new sustainable engine wash technology for Australia’s fleet of C-17 Globemaster IIIs to reduce environmental impact and extend engine life significantly. 

The Lufthansa Technik Cyclean® technology is designed to deliver enhanced engine efficiency through a deeper clean of the engine core, cutting 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions per engine annually and reducing fuel consumption by 1 per cent. 

The technology also uses 50 per cent less water and is 20 per cent swifter. 

Robert Boyd, acting regional sustainability lead APAC at Boeing, said the system demonstrates the importance of continued investment in new technology and customer partnerships to enhance fleet efficiency and cut environmental impact. 

“Transitioning to a carbon-neutral aerospace industry by 2050 requires the adoption of more sustainable practices in our global fleet maintenance programs,” Boyd added. 

With the addition of eight C-17s from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Boeing now uses the engine wash technology on 275 C-17 aircraft operated by nine global customers as part of the C-17 Globemaster III Global Fleet Contract. 

Boeing has also begun using a new similar system, the EcoPower Engine Wash, for the RAAF’s P-8A Poseidon fleet, which uses less water, recycles waste water for use in future washes and improves engine performance.