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First airline in the world to use a Taxibot on an A-320 aircraft

First airline in the world to use a Taxibot on an A-320 aircraft

On 15th October, Air India became the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on an A320 aircraft with passengers on board. Air India will take a giant step towards curbing carbon emission. 

Key Points:

  • "TaxiBot" or "Taxiing Robot", is a pilot-controlled semi-robotic tow bar-less aircraft tractor used as alternate taxiing equipment.
  • Taxiing is the movement of an aircraft on the ground, under its own power, in contrast to towing or push-back where the aircraft is moved by a tug.
  • This device helps to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off.
  • As much as 85% of fuel consumption can bring down during taxiing of aircraft.
  • Taxibot is another initiative by Air India Team led by Director Operations Capt. Amitabh Singh, to ensure a greener environment for flight operations.
  • The national carrier became the first Indian airline to chart the Polar Route to San Francisco, which had resulted in savings on flying time, fuel consumption and curbing carbon footprint. 
  • The airline also took a pioneering step by operating Commercial flights on No Destination alternate route basis.

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