SpiceJet, has tied-up with WheelTug Plc for reserving 400 production slots for the state-of-the-art electric taxi system that will enable the airline in saving fuel, reducing CO2 emissions as well as noise levels, improve its fleet utilization thereby directly improving the company’s bottom line.
Faster Gate, Stand Ops for SpiceJet
The innovative WheelTug system places high-torque motors in the nose wheels of the aircraft. Pilots control the aircraft themselves, performing ground operations without requiring tugs for maneuvers. By keeping jet engines off in tight areas, the airline will lower its emissions.
Additionally, gate and stand operations will be faster and more dependable helping the airline eliminate unexpected long delays affecting the schedule on any given day.
“SpiceJet is a strong advocate for reducing carbon emissions. By inducting WheelTug into its B737 operations, the company aims to reduce the fuel burn during Taxi out and in,” said a spokesperson.
SpiceJet is the largest Boeing 737 operator in India
Isaiah Cox, Chief Executive Officer, WheelTug said, “Signing SpiceJet at this time shows both companies are looking forward to a strong recovery for the industry as the world responds to the COVID-19 crisis.” Mr. Coz added that to that end, WheelTug also wished to recognize SpiceJet’s leading role in transporting vaccines to India.
SpiceJet operates a fleet of Boeing 737s, Bombardier Q-400s and freighters and is the country’s largest regional player operating 63 daily flights under UDAN or the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). The majority of the airline’s fleet offers SpiceMax, the most spacious economy class seating in India.
The airline also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering safe, on-time, efficient and seamless cargo connectivity across India and on international routes.
WheelTug plc is based in the Isle of Man and developing the WheelTug aircraft electric drive system. More than 25 airlines representing 2000+ aircraft have reserved slots for its systems.