US equipment lessor Bankers Capital Transportation Leasing has signed a letter of intent to purchase an undisclosed number of pilot-controlled Taxibot tow-tractors in a $95 million deal.
It plans to acquire "dozens" of the systems, for both narrowbody and widebody jets.
Delivery of the Taxibots - developed in a joint-venture between Airbus and Israel Aerospace Industries - is planned to start by the last quarter of 2013 and continue until 2015.
The lessor will establish an operational test site for a narrowbody system in the USA by the end of 2013, says IAI.
European competition authorities cleared the way for the creation of the joint venture on 16 July.