Participants of this year’s World Low Cost Conference had the unique chance to get in direct contact with experts on senior level and specialists in various fields of the industry. The choice of 18 topics was impressive and covered a broad spectrum in strategy and technology. Several roundtables with 8 persons maximum were organized; everybody could change the table for a second round to get as much information as possible.
More cycles per day: How to maximize aircraft utilization by reducing ground delays and turn times
Isaiah Cox (Wheeltug) presented a new solution for an e-taxi system, which allows aircraft to maneuver on the ground without using their main engines. The system saves fuel and time, accelerates pushback procedures, narrows turnaround space and minimizes risks at the gate.
WheelTug is a nose wheel-mounted motor and drive powered by the aircraft’s APU, which can be easily installed and removed. Important note: 70% of delays happen on the ground, and not in the air. The unique technology speeds up normal operations, the resulting time savings are a cost factor and enable more starts in morning curfews by bringing more aircraft on the taxiway due to less congestion – a big advantage for airports as well.
Not to forget the emissions reductions that can improve an airline’s image with customers, airports, regulators, environmental groups and media. The cost savings are impressive and bring around $700/ flight. Further information can be found at http://www.wheeltug.gi/.
About the author: Harry Schnuderl from Vienna University