AirAsia Starts TaxiBot Passenger Operations In India

Driving sustainability and optimising efficiency in aviation operations, AirAsia India today announced the implementation of an Alternate Taxiing Solution, TaxiBot. AirAsia tied up with KSU Aviation the exclusive operator of the TaxiBot in India.

The Taxibot is a semi-robotic towbarless aircraft movement device developed by Israel Aerospace Industries. The Taxibot can tow an aircraft from the terminal gate to the take-off point (taxi-out phase) and return it to the gate after landing (taxi-in phase) without utilising the aircraft engines. The Taxibot significantly reduces aircraft fuel usage, emissions and noise levels at airports, and the risk of foreign object and jet blast damage, and operates with a hybrid-electric engine.

TaxiBot is proclaimed as the green revolution in airplane taxiing, helping enhance fuel efficiency and predictive maintenance and services.

AirAsia is the first Airbus operator in the world to start TaxiBot services with passengers onboard with a modified Airbus fleet. This announcement is in keeping with AirAsia’s sustainability strategy, after a series of enhancements since successful process evaluation trials in March 2019.

“We’re delighted to announce the initiation of TaxiBot operations towards enhancing sustainable aviation operations and leveraging technology to drive differentiation and operational efficiency. It is a proud moment for AirAsia India to be the first Airbus operator in the world to start TaxiBot services with passengers onboard with a modified Airbus fleet. We look forward to continuing to explore and undertake new and inspiring possibilities in aviation and lead the way forward,” said Sunil Bhaskaran, MD & CEO, AirAsia India.

Delhi Airport is the first airport in the world to adopt this green taxiing solution in May 2019. Since then, the airport has witnessed 1,500 movements of sustainable taxiing of aircraft in September 2021, which has helped in reducing around ~880 tones of Carbon at Delhi Airport and helped airlines in saving around ~278 Tones of aviation turbine fuel (ATF).

Having implemented this at Delhi airport, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL has said, “We are very happy to have AirAsia as our partner in our endeavour to significantly reduce carbon emission at Delhi Airport. Delhi Airport is one of the leading airports globally in adopting environmental sustainability solutions. It was the first in the world to Introduce Taxibot  – an operationally efficient and environment-friendly advanced taxiing solution – in 2019. Adoption of TaxiBot has been a significant initiative by DIAL to reduce carbon emissions, as part of its objective of becoming a “net-zero carbon emission airport” by 2030.”

KSU spokesperson mentioned that the present fleet of TaxiBot’s deployed at Indian airports had completed ~1500 TaxiBoting operations and an additional 40 TaxiBot’s are slated to be operational at Indian airports, a major force multiplier towards reducing ground carbon emission in the world’s leading aviation market.

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