19 AUGUST 2019


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Article from BTNews 19 AUGUST 2019

High-tech pushback for ANA

A new-generation remote-control aircraft pushback tug is being brought into full operation at Kyushu Saga International Airport in Japan by All Nippon Airways (ANA) after a trial period which began last September at Haneda International Airport.

The carrier says the Mototok Spacer 8600 high-tech vehicle will reduce workload at airports and increase pushback precision by providing the controller with access to location data in real time. Mototok tugs are also in use with BA at Heathrow.

Features to simplify pushback include an intuitive control interface which allows ground handling personnel to perform more effectively, streamlining airport operations and decreasing flight delays, ANA added.

In addition to logistic benefits, the tug is also said to reduce CO2 production, maintenance costs and fuel costs. Its 80v battery can be used to position up to 30 aircraft without recharging.

ANA executive vice-president Shinichi Abe said: "ANA actively embraces the latest technological advancements, and the use of this tug is emblematic of our efforts to set the pace for integrating new technology into the airline industry.

"The Mototok Spacer 8600 will help ANA to become more eco-friendly while boosting safety and cutting costs. By enhancing our technological portfolio, we continue to improve every aspect of air travel and challenge the status quo.”



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