29 SEPTEMBER 2014
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Doing the rounds of the various airline and airport gatherings prior to the certification of his WheelTug project, now due in 2016, Isaiah Cox, Chief Executive, has been promoting “Twist” a development from the aircraft taxiing venture.
Wheeltug itself is essentially a powered airliner front wheel bogie that dispenses of the normal airport tug. Aircraft can manoeuvre in and out of apron parking spots under their own power, and taxi to the take-off holding point.
What “Twist” does is enables planes, most of which are as long as their wingspan, to taxi in and then park broadside to the terminal. The air bridges (jetway) can then connect to both front and rear door of the planet. Turnaround time can be cut in half. Airlines that offer premium and standard cabins can discriminate between clients, with passengers in economy (coach in the US) using the rear entry.
WheelTug recently announced the agreement with an unnamed client for 50 WheelTug systems for 737 MAX aircraft. With the new reservations the order book of WheelTug aircraft drive systems stands at 985 delivery slots reserved by 23 airlines from Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl5AotJ3Rtw
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