TaxiBot for Narrow-Body aircraft | PRS #2
Upon Arrival to Frankfurt Airport on Jan 30, 2014
For single-aisle NB aircraft:
A318 to A321
B737 to B757
The semi-robotic TaxiBot design has been under development for several years by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) & TLD with the support of the major OEM’s. The TaxiBot prototype for single-aisle aircraft was presented in inter-airport-europe 2011 and a TaxiBot from serial production was on display in inter-airport-europe 2013. The first autonomous roll-out of a TaxiBot took place at TLD's Montlouis-sur-Loire factory in February 2012.
In April 2012, the TaxiBot prototype for narrow-body aircraft was delivered to Chateauroux Airport in Central France to start its test program. The first 3 TaxiBots NB from serial production were delivered to Lufthansa LEOS in Frankfurt International Airport on 7.6.2013, 30.1.2014 and 26.3.2014. They have been operating in Frankfurt with commercial flights of Lufthansa since Nov 2014, following the certification for the B737 CL. In Service Evaluation (ISE) and Routine Operation Evaluation (ROE) in Frankfurt has been completed. Certification for B737 was granted in 2014 for classic and 2016 for NG, and for A320 family in 2017.