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Lufthansa sets stern tests for TaxiBot
German flag carrier will evaluate performance of semi-robotic tow tractor on scheduled 737 flights at Frankfurt airport.
Lufthansa will undertake a six-month trial of the pilot-controlled Taxibot tow-tractor for scheduled flights at Frankfurt airport, starting in August.
The semi-robotic tug, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, will move the German flag carrier's departing Boeing 737s from ramp to runway to avoid using the main engines for regular taxiing.
Tom Allett describes the latest step in the TaxiBot development
The first production TaxiBot aircraft tow-tractor- a narrowbody version- arrived by road at Frankfurt Main Airport on June 7.
The vehicle, delivered to Lufthansa Leos, the ground-handling arm of Germany's national airline, is a hybrid diesel-electric, towbarless tow-tractor aimed at delivering a giant leap in fuel economy.
The semi-robotic TaxiBot design has been under development for more than three years by the Israel Aerospace Industries(IAI), TLD and Airbus partnership.
TaxiBot industrial new facility
Arrival of second TaxiBot
January 30, 2014
Arrival of second TaxiBot to Lufthansa at Frankfurt International Airport on Jan 30, 2014.
The 3rd TaxiBot
March 26, 2014
The 3rd TaxiBot was delivered in Frankfurt Airport on March 26th, 2014.
The first production TaxiBot aircraft tow-tractor
July 6, 2013
The first production TaxiBot aircraft tow-tractor - a narrowbody version- arrived by road on Frankfurt Main Airport on June 7. The vehicle, delivered to Lufthansa LEOS, the ground handling-arm of Germany's national airline, is a hybrid diesel electric, towbarless tow-tractor, aimed at delivering a giant leap in fuel economy.
The Greentech Award for Lufthansa
April 4, 2014
Lufthansa together with its partners will receive the ‘Greentec Award’ in the Aviation category for their E-PORT AN project – Electro mobility at Frankfurt Airport that includes the TaxiBot. The award will be presented in Munich on May 4th, 2014.
The TaxiBot has Completed the Certification Tests in Frankfurt International Airport
July 14, 2014
Pending certification approval, an in-service evaluation will be conducted on commercial flights departing from Frankfurt airport.
Farnborough International Air Show, July 2014 - TaxiBot, the semi-robotic, pilot-controlled vehicle, designed to transport airplanes from airport gate to the runway and back (taxiing in and taxiing out) has completed certification tests in Frankfurt International Airport.
Tests were conducted on a Lufthansa B737 airplane in accordance with the official EASA and CAAI flight governing authorities. Following certification approval, an in-service evaluation will be conducted on commercial flights departing from Frankfurt airport.
Meanwhile, the TaxiBot Wide-Body (WB) prototype for WB airplanes has completed assembly and started dynamic driving tests in TLD’s factory near Tours, France.
IAI and TLD Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Air France for TaxiBot Evaluation
October 15, 2014
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and TLD Group signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with Air France to evaluate the use of the TaxiBot system, on Air France Wide Body (WB) fleet operation, at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.
IAI, TLD and Air France will form a joint task force to study TaxiBot’s operational and economic
benefits to Air France WB aircraft family. The system’s impact on CDG airport taxiing flow will be
studied, as well as TaxiBot’s ecological benefits – substantial reduction of CO2 and NOx emission and
noise reduction. This MOU may be extended to testing feasibility with the cooperation of Aéroports de
Paris, on the second quarter of 2015.
EASA and CAAI certified the Boeing 737 taxiing from the gate to takeoff by TaxiBot
November 3, 2014
The Boeing 737 has been officially certified for TaxiBot® dispatch towing. The Supplement Type Certificate (STC) was issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI).
TaxiBot, a semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle, is designed to transport airline aircraft from terminal gates to the runway and back, without using the airplane's own engines (dispatch towing). TaxiBot's in-service evaluation is expected to start next month, with regular commercial Lufthansa Boeing 737 flights departing out of Frankfurt Airport.
TaxiBot Dispatch-Tows LH140 on Nov 25th, 2014 at Frankfurt International Airport
November 25, 2014
Lufthansa flight LH140 from Frankfurt to Nuremberg was dispatch-towed by the TaxiBot.
INNOVATIVE TAXIBOT NOW USED IN REAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS
Feb 19, 2015
Hybrid-electric aircraft tractor taxies aircraft with turned-off engines to runway
MoU for wide body aircraft certification testing signed today
Following approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Lufthansa LEOS, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, has commenced operations with the innovative TaxiBot aircraft tractor, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) with Lufthansa LEOS' extensive support and cooperation. After extensive testing, the TaxiBot is now being used in real flight operations at Frankfurt Airport.
At a media event held at Frankfurt Airport on 19 February, the TaxiBot's towing procedures were demonstrated for local and international journalists, while taxiing a Lufthansa Boeing 737 to the take-off position.
TAXIBOT (WB) FOR WIDE-BODY AIRCRAFT WAS PRESENTED AT THE INTER AIRPORT EUROPE EXHIBITION
October 6-9, 2015
The TaxiBot (WB) for wide body aircraft was presented at the inter airport europe 2015 exhibition in Munich, Germany. The TaxiBot (WB) is the larger version of the TaxiBot (NB), the world's only certified and operational aircraft taxiing alternative.
TAXIBOT WON THE FIRST EVER 'WERNER von SIEMENS' AWARD IN THE INGENUITY CATAGORY
October 27, 2015
Ulrich Sammet, Siemens TaxiBot project leader, presented TaxiBot in front of the Siemens board and Siemens top 500 managers from all over the world. The TaxiBot project was chosen as the best of Siemens and left 482 applicants behind it. The recognition of the achievement of Siemens TaxiBot team is a great honor for the whole TaxiBot team.
IAI's TaxiBot ® , the Semi-Robotic Pilot-Controlled Vehicle for Dispatch Towing Completed Certification for the Boeing 737 Family
September 29, 2016
EASA and CAAI Certified the Boeing 737-NG Taxiing from the Gate to Takeoff by TaxiBot®
Sept 27, 2016 – The Boeing 737 NG has been officially certified for TaxiBot® dispatch towing. The Supplement Type Certificate (STC) was issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI). This milestone completes certification for the Boeing 737 family, thus covering the Boeing 737-600, 737-700,737-800,737-900 and 737-900ER, in addition to prior certification of the Boeing 737-300,737-400 and 737-500.
IAI's TaxiBot ®, in Final Stages of Certification for the Airbus 320
December 13, 2016
Certification tests for the A320 family completed successfully at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France on 8 December, 2016
December 13, 2016 – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is continuing to progress with its TaxiBot, the semirobotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing. Certification tests on an Airbus 320neo were completed successfully at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France on December 8th, 2016.
IAI's TaxiBot® Granted Certification for Operation With the Airbus A320 Aircraft Family
May 18, 2017
Being the First and Only Certified alternative taxiing system worldwide, the TaxiBot Can provide services for over 70% of the main Airliner commercial Fleets
May 18, 2017 –Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing , obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family.
IAI's TaxiBot® Obtained FAA Certification for the Boeing 737 Family
October 9, 2017
FAA Certified the Boeing 737 family for Taxiing from the Gate to Takeoff by TaxiBot®
October 9, 2017 - Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) TaxiBot has reached another key milestone. The Boeing 737 family has recently been officially certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for TaxiBot® dispatch towing. The Supplement Type Certificate (STC) was issued by the FAA and joins the existing certificates that were issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI). The FAA certification for the Boeing 737 family covers the Boeing 737-300, 737-400, 737-500, 737-600, 737-700, 737-700C, 737-800, 737-900 and 737-900ER Series. The FAA certification for the B737 family joins the certification of the A320 aircraft family by Airbus that has been granted by EASA and the FAA in May 2017.
TaxiBot® is deployed in India.
October 29, 2018
Since oct 29th 2018, TaxiBot® in a reality in New Delhi International Airport.
Spice Jet and Jet Airways are the first airlines to enjoy TaxiBoting.
TaxiBot® received certifications from Indian DGCA
May 6, 2018
In May 2018, Indian DGCA endorsed FAA STC on Boeing B737 NG and certification on Airbus A320s.
May 6, 2018 - The first commercial flight that departed from Delhi using the TaxiBot took place on Oct 29, 2018 with a SpiceJet aircraft. The launch of TaxiBot operations followed KSU Aviation’s preparations with major stakeholders including DGCA, Delhi International Airport and Delhi Air Traffic Control.
TaxiBot® celebrates one year in New Delhi.
October 30, 2019
Routine operation with B737 operators (SpiceJet, Air India Express).
Trials with A320 operators (Indigo, India Air Asia, Air India, Go Air).