WheelTug wins preliminary order from 737 Max operator

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Electric-taxi specialist WheelTug has received a tentative order to equip 50 Boeing 737 Max aircraft with its nose wheel drive system.

The letter of intent from an unnamed customer takes WheelTug’s backlog to 781 units reserved by 13 airlines through similar preliminary deals. In the current year, that backlog is expected to increase to more than 1,000 units as discussions are ongoing with over 300 international airlines, says the Gibraltar-headquartered engineering company.

When the system can enter into service is not yet clear. Certification could be achieved in late 2015 at the earliest, says chief executive Isaiah Cox. However, it has not yet been determined when the approval process can begin.