Air India First In The World Use Taxibot

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Air India on Tuesday became the first airline to use a taxi bot on an A320 aircraft with passengers on board. Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taking an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice-versa. It was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, in partnership with a French company.

On Tuesday morning, the national carrier's chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani flagged off flight AI665, which carried to the runway using taxi bot at terminal 3 in Delhi airport and the flight was traveling to Mumbai.

Earlier this year Air India became the third domestic carrier to complete taxi bot trials. The other two were SpiceJet and Jet Airways. The trial was conducted on a Boeing 737-800 flight.   

Benefits of Taxibot.

It saves 85 percent of the fuel normally used at that time.

It also helps to reduce noise pollution.

It is also expected to cut down on CO2 emissions ( 800 kilograms are emitted for every 15 minutes).
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