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26 JULY 2021
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Under development well before the current rush to reduce aircraft emissions in all aspects of aircraft operations WheelTug has now found a permanent manufacturing home.
Sited at a 37,000sq ft manufacturing facility in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) the facility will serve as the centre of assembly, test and logistics operations for global WheelTug deliveries.
The fit-out of the facility and the design of the assembly line is being managed by WheelTug¹s new Director of Manufacturing, Jack France.
France brings significant experience to the role. He previously held senior manager positions at Honda North America, and GE/Honda Aero. In those roles, he was responsible for the quality of every Honda part and vehicle made in North America. He was also responsible for coordinating with certificating and regulatory authorities, including the FAA and numerous civil aviation authorities worldwide.
The new facility and production management expertise enables WheelTug to meet existing and future demand for WheelTug systems. So far, 25 airlines on five continents have reserved more than 2,000 WheelTug kits.
The on-board electric WheelTug systems enable airline operators to cut between 5min and 20min from every turnaround operation by taxiing on the ground without engines or tugs.
WheelTug will be available for the Boeing 737NG family in 2022. An A320 version will follow.
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