SpiceJet has operated India’s first TaxiBot for towing an aircraft to the runway. The low-cost carrier’s Boeing 737 aircraft, flying to Goa was towed to the runway at Terminal 2 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
TaxiBot, a semi-robotic towing tractor helps in saving fuel in addition to reducing CO2 emissions and noise level. It is connected to the nose wheel of the aircraft and enables the pilot to move the plane to the runway without putting the engine on.
Following this new addition, SpiceJet has moved a step closer towards an environmental-friendly air transport. Recently, the airline also operated India’s first biofuel flight, which was powered by 25 per cent biojet fuel and 75 per cent air turbine fuel (ATF).
The TaxiBots have been designed by Israel Aerospace Industries and have been manufactured by France’s Top-level Domain (TLD). KSU Aviation is supplying the TaxiBots to airlines in the country.
Along with SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo are also expected to use TaxiBots soon. spicejet.com