Tuesday, October 05, 2021

AirAsia commences TaxiBot passenger operations in India

AirAsia India on October 5 announced the implementation of an Alternate Taxiing Solution - 'TaxiBot', which, the company said, will be "driving sustainability and optimising efficiency in aviation operations".

The carrier has tied up with KSU Aviation, the exclusive operator of the TaxiBot in India.

Notably, Taxibot is a semi-robotic towbarless aircraft movement device developed by Israel Aerospace Industries. It can tow an aircraft from the terminal gate to the take-off point (taxi-out phase) and return it to the gate after landing (taxi-in phase) without utilising the aircraft engines.

"Taxibot significantly reduces aircraft fuel usage, emissions and noise levels at airports, and the risk of foreign object and jet blast damage, and operates with a hybrid-electric engine," the airline said in a press release.

AirAsia India is the first Airbus operator in the world to start TaxiBot services with passengers onboard with a modified Airbus fleet.

AirAsia India’s sustainability strategy, after a series of enhancements since successful process evaluation trials in March 2019," the aviation company said.

TaxiBot is proclaimed as the "green revolution in airplane taxiing", helping enhance fuel efficiency and predictive maintenance and services, it added.

The aircraft engineering modifications were done by AirAsia India’s best-in-class engineering team and required routing more than 50 new wires inside the aircraft, installation of relays in the Avionics Bay and a control panel in the cockpit, and a series of operational tests prior to certification.

Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of Delhi International Airport Ltd, has welcomed the initiative of AirAsia as it can significantly reduce carbon emissions.

05/10/21 Moneycontrol

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