A big push for the big puller

Bankers Capital Transportation Leasing Group plans to purchase dozens of narrowbody (NB) and widebody TaxiBot aircraft towing systems from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), to be operated in North America.

A letter of intent regarding the $97 million deal was signed a few days ago.

This was a sign of recognition – and the moment the developers had been waiting for.

It will enable the operational introduction of the system, which is aimed at making the taxing of aircraft at airports much more efficient – and not just by saving fuel.

Bankers Capital is the launch customer for providing the TaxiBot services to airlines and airports.

Delivery of the TaxiBots is planned to begin in the last quarter of 2013 and continue until 2015.

Bankers Capital and IAI are planning to establish an operational testing site for the NB TaxiBot in North America by the end of 2013, based on discussions with some leading US airlines.

The TaxiBot proof-of-concept was demonstrated during testing last year on the Airbus A340-600 and Boeing 747-400, under the auspices of Airbus and Lufthansa.

TaxiBot is the first successful hybrid diesel electric vehicle which enables an airplane to taxi from the gate to the runway without its engines running.

This letter of intent is a big push forward to an innovative system that is designed to completely change the way aircraft are pushed and pulled around at airports.

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