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Article from BTNews 8 FEBRUARY 2021

WheelTug and IATA

With its nose wheel retrofit electric drive system nearing final certification WheelTug Plc has joined IATA's Ground Operations Automation & Digitalization Group as a Strategic Partner.

At a successful public event conducted at Memphis International Airport (MEM) in September 2020, various aspects of the WheelTug system were demonstrated. WheelTug plans to enter into service in early 2022 for Boeing 737NG aircraft.

Joseph Suidan, IATA's head of ground operations, commented on WheelTug joining the association: “IATA ground operations is delighted to have WheelTug join its network of Strategic Partners. We are looking forward to including their input to our initiatives for enhancing aircraft turnaround operations and improving the airside working environment.”
This electric taxi (e-taxi) system enables pilot-controlled taxiing and manoeuvres in gate and terminal areas without the use of tugs or jet engines. The main benefit is a reduction of the time aircraft spend on the ground; resulting in increased aircraft utilisation, fuel savings, and reduced engine and brake wear, as well as the elimination of pushback risks and costs.

WheelTug has signed letters of intent from more than 25 airlines representing over 2,000 aircraft – already 15% of all 737s and A320s in service (13,000). In 2020, WheelTug doubled the number of positions reserved by airlines.

For a video presentation go to www.wheeltug.com.

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