Air India uses TaxiBot on A320 aircraft with passengers onboard

Air India uses TaxiBot on A320 aircraft with passengers onboard

Air India flightsAir India will use TaxiBot on a passenger-on-board A320 aircraft. TaxiBot is an aircraft tractor that is used by robots to taxi an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice versa. The president and managing director of the national carrier, Ashwani Lohani, flagged off flight AI665 – which was taken to the runway using TaxiBot at Delhi Airport Terminal 3 – to Mumbai, India.

It is a semi-robotic tow-barless aircraft tractor controlled pilot used as an alternative taxiing gear. "This morning's use of TaxiBot on the Indira Gandhi International Airport aircraft is the first such use on any Airbus aircraft around the world. To be proud of it is an accomplishment. This is a giant step towards a cleaner environment, "said Lohani.

Using TaxiBots can significantly reduce fuel consumption during an aircraft's taxiing by as much as 85%. It will also help with efficient pushbacks to decongest boarding gates and the apron area.

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