Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has joined the consortium of the Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre, DARTeC, ?65 million, due to open next year at Cranfield University in the UK.

Specific topics on which Etihad and DARTeC will collaborate include: reducing aircraft emissions both in the air and on the ground; creating safe and efficient airspace; better understanding the impacts of lifetime sustainability of aircraft; improving the passenger experience; increasing aircraft reliability and availability.

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