Mexican airline Interjet has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Honeywell and Safran, developers of the Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS), to become the first airline in the Americas to use the system which will save airlines up to $450,000 per plane, per year once it comes to market.
EGTS uses electricity provided by the plane’s Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and to motors on the plane’s main wheels to allow the plane to taxi without the use of its main engines — much like how a hybrid car uses only its battery at slower speeds. The motors allow the plane to be controlled both forward and reverse, meaning a pushback tug would not be required for the plane to depart from the gate. In addition, fewer moving vehicles in the gate area creates a safer environment for ground crews.
By Paul Thompson
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