AirAsia India assesses its savings through the use of TaxiBot

A low-cost carrier and one of India’s Tata Group’s four airlines, AirAsia India is using TaxiBot devices on two of its planes and is currently assessing the impact it has had on economies. Although the airline is not the first in the world, not even in India, to use engineless charging methods, it reports an increasing use of sustainable technologies in the aviation sector.

time to assess

It’s been a few months since AirAsia India started using TaxiBot on two of its Airbus A320s and is now assessing how much fuel it has been able to save. According to a senior airline executive, this is being done to see how best to implement this service across the entire fleet.

Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, TaxiBot is a semi-robotic aircraft movement equipment that does not use a tow bar and moves an aircraft from the terminal gate to the take-off point (taxi phase) and back to the gate after landing. (rolling phase).

AirAsia India was asked how much money it has saved since adopting this alternative taxation solution. Its vice president of engineering, Surinder Bansal, said its cost-savings modification costs are currently being assessed before implementing them in other aircraft.

Costs and Changes

AirAsia India’s engineering team modified two A320s for the project, which involved running more than 50 new cables inside the aircraft, installing relays in the avionics bay, a command in the cockpit and a series of operational tests before certification.

The airline spent around $2,000 on each plane to modify them and make them suitable for TaxiBot operations. Bansal added that they can operate up to two TaxiBots per aircraft each week. The carrier has now reached a point where it can evaluate data from all those months to see what kind of gains, both monetary and environmental, have been made by using this equipment.

As well as saving fuel, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and noise levels at airports, Bansal added that TaxiBot helps prevent “foreign object damage” or something from the ground being sucked in. into the engine and damage it, as they remain closed during the process.

TaxiBot services are also used by other Indian carriers. Photo: TaxiBot India

Push for green airports

The use of TaxiBot has grown in prominence lately, with many airlines and airports adopting the method to move towards more sustainable airport operations. Last month, Simple Flying reported that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol had invested in technology by purchasing two TaxiBots.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport also led the way by becoming the first airport in the world to record 1,000 TaxiBot movements last year. According to TaxiBot India, airlines have saved 214,000 liters of aviation fuel and 230 hours of engine life by using the equipment.

Hopefully the calculations will also add up in favor of AirAsia India.

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