The airline Ethiopian Airlines will be equipped with WheelTug’s electric taxiing devices for its 737 fleet. The aim is to reduce fuel consumption costs during pushing and taxiing.
A contract to this effect has been signed with WheelTug Plc, the Gibraltar-based company. « We are pleased to collaborate with WheelTug, the world’s leading innovator in electric towing aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines has always been at the forefront of technology in Africa. Being the continent’s largest airline offering more convenient connections, Ethiopian Airlines now attracts more passengers to Africa than any other carrier and WheelTug will help it provide the best possible travel experience for its customers, « said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
The new find of the Ethiopian national company is to « use small electric motors installed in the landing gear », instead of « using the engines for taxiing operations on the tarmac of airports, which generates unnecessary consumption fuel « . Thirty Ethiopian Airlines aircraft are concerned.
It should be noted that nearly 1,300 aircraft on more than twenty airlines worldwide have adopted the Wheeltug technology.