Lufthansa LEOS, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, has started using the TaxiBot aircraft tractor in flight operations at Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
The TaxiBot is a hybrid-electric tug which can be controlled by an aircraft’s pilot and is designed to enable an aircraft to taxi without using its engines, cutting CO2 emissions.
The TaxiBot has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), with Lufthansa LEOS as launch customer, and was certified by EASA for use on 737 aircraft last November.
At a media event last Thursday (February 19) marking the start of the Taxibot’s operation at FRA, Lufthansa LEOS signed a new memorandum of understanding to work with IAI on the certification of the TaxiBot for widebody aircraft.
Lufthansa LEOS will perform tests using the TaxiBot on a 747-400 aircraft which are expected to be completed by the end of 2015.