Article from BTNews (Business Travel News)
ON TOUR: Paris Air Show report
Alison Chambers and Malcolm Ginsberg report, the Editor only staying for the Monday via Eurostar and RER. Once again there was chaos at Le Bourget station as the heavens opened up (and continued for the rest of the day).
WheelTug got more print than anyone but Air bus.
A show regular in recent years WheelTug plc announced the execution of a Slot Purchase Agreement with Icelandair. With the new reservations the order book of WheelTug aircraft drive systems grows to 573 delivery slots reserved by 11 airlines from Europe, America, the Middle East and the Far East.
WheelTug’s integrated nosewheel motors let pilots taxi from gate to runway and back without using engines. The all-electric system is powered by the on board auxiliary power unit (APU). The company projects WheelTug on a typical narrow body like Boeing 737 NG and/or A320 family will save in excess of US$1-2m per year per aircraft, with quick-turn and short haul flight profiles accumulating the greatest benefits. Chief Executive Isiah Cox says the company is in negotiation with both Airbus and Boeing regarding data required for certification. It is keeping a watchful eye on developments regarding the UK Airport Commission. Wheeltug-equipped aircraft would easily increase the efficiency of airports such as Heathrow.