Air India first in the world to use Taxibot on a commercial flight
AI first to use a Taxibot on A320
Air India became the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on A320 aircraft with passengers onboard.
What is Taxibot?
Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taxiing an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice versa. It is a pilot-controlled semi-robotic towbarless aircraft tractor used as alternate taxiing equipment.
Lohani flagged off the flight
On Tuesday morning, the national carrier's Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani flagged off flight AI665 - which was carried to the runway using Taxibot at terminal 3 of the Delhi airport - to Mumbai. With Taxibot it is possible to tow an aircraft from the parking bay to the runway with its engines switched off.
How Taxibot helps in saving fuel?
An Air India spokesperson said, "Taxibot saves precious fuel and reduces engine wear and tear. The ignition will be turned only when the aircraft reaches the runway." The spokesperson said the usage of Taxibots will significantly bring down the consumption of fuel by as much as 85 per cent used during taxiing of an aircraft.
Taxibots will also help in decongesting boarding gates and the apron area by providing efficient pushbacks. These Taxibots will be used for departing flights only, the spokesperson said.