Air India to deploy TaxiBots for airbus A320 plane at Delhi, Bengaluru airports
Air India has signed an agreement with KSU Aviation to launch TaxiBot operations at Delhi and Bengaluru airports
Air India has signed an agreement with KSU Aviation to launch TaxiBot operations at Delhi and Bengaluru airports for its Airbus A320 Family of aircraft.
The strategic partnership is aligned with Air India`s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, as the adoption of TaxiBots envisages a potential saving of around 15,000 tonnes in fuel consumption over three years, said the airline statement.
Semi-robotic equipment, the TaxiBot, once attached to the aircraft, acts as an extension of the aircraft`s nose landing gear.
It is used to tow aircraft from the airport terminal gate to the taxi-out point and tow aircraft from the terminal gate after landing (taxi-in phase) without utilizing the aircraft`s engines, thus saving fuel.
Air India is investing in efficiency measures to adopt sustainability as part of its regular fleet operations including inducting new aircraft, better procedures, and driving operations with the deployment of innovative technology.
Last year, the Air India group entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - Indian Institute of Petroleum to collaborate on developing, developing, and deploying sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs).