WHEELTUG TO HOST AIRLINES AT WORLD LOW COST AIRLINES CONGRESS
Working Groups to explore leveraging WheelTug for maximum turnaround time benefits
Gibraltar, 12 September 2014 - WheelTug is pleased to follow presentations at IATA and ICAO over
recent weeks with two working group sessions with airlines attending the World Low Cost Airlines
Congress in London, 16 and 17 September.
"Our current Order Book of 985 aircraft, across 23 airlines, has shown extremely strong market
demand for WheelTug," says CEO Isaiah Cox. "We want to work with our current and future
customers to explore the best ways to take advantage of our E-Taxi system in operational use."
The working groups will give the airline attendees (including senior management, operations experts
and fleet planners) the opportunity to discuss WheelTug with each other in working sessions. Airlines
which are interested in participating in the working sessions at the Congress should
The WheelTug system is being developed initially for the Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320, the world's
most widely operated aircraft.
The WheelTug system uses high-performance electric motors, installed in the nose gear wheels of an
aircraft, to provide full mobility while on the ground, without the use of the aircraft's jet engines
or tugs for both pushback and taxi operations. This allows improvements in efficiency, flexibility,
fuel savings, reduced engine wear, reduced foreign object damage (FOD), brakes savings as well as
substantial reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. The WheelTug system can be seen in
action at http://media.wheeltug.com
The most significant benefit of WheelTug-enabled ground operations is the time that can be saved at
the gate and result in significant reduction of turnaround time and improvement of on-time performance.
Because the system is in the nose gear, there is no interference with cooling of the brakes on the main
landing gear, allowing aircraft to reduce turnaround time by as much as 15 to 20 minutes per flight.
This can lead to a dramatic increase in fleet utilization, as well as passenger satisfaction.
WheelTug estimates the total savings from use of its system at well over US$1 million per aircraft per
year. WheelTug's systems are being offered to the airlines entirely on a lease, or power-by-the-hour
basis, permitting installation on aircraft and operation without any airline capital expenditure.
About WheelTug plc
WheelTug plc is developing the WheelTug aircraft electric drive system, and is based in
Gibraltar. A full listing of WheelTug partner companies and airline
customers is on the company's website at http://www.wheeltug.gi
Forward-looking statement at http://www.wheeltug.gi/fls.shtml
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