Royal Brunei Signs with WheelTug

December 7, 2020 Source:  WheelTug PLC

Douglas, Isle of Man – 7 December 2020 – Royal Brunei Airlines and electric taxi pioneer
WheelTug plc have reached an agreement reserving nine production slots for the Airbus
A320 fleet operated by Royal Brunei.
WheelTug’s revolutionary system employs high-torque motors installed in the nose
wheels of the aircraft. The system gives pilots greater control of the aircraft when
performing ground operations. Pushback tugs will not be required to back up from gates,
and aircraft will not generate dangerous jet blast in high-traffic terminal areas. By
choosing WheelTug electric taxi systems, Royal Brunei will make its ground operations
more efficient, faster, safer, and greener.
“We are pleased to conclude this agreement following our recent successful TestDrive
demonstration,” said WheelTug CEO Isaiah Cox. “With WheelTug, Royal Brunei will
reduce time and expenses – not just at its hub in Bandar Seri Begawan, but all destinations
as well.”
“At Royal Brunei, we are constantly looking for better ways to increase the efficiency and
safety of our operations – whilst also looking into ways to lessen the environmental impact
commonly associated with the aviation industry. Thus, we are very excited on the
potential retrofitting of our A320 aircraft with the WheelTug product” said Mr. Kamal Ariffin
Dato Paduka Hj Abd Rahman, Royal Brunei COO.
About WheelTug plc
Based in the Isle of Man, WheelTug plc is developing the WheelTug aircraft electric drive
system. More than 25 airlines representing 2000+ aircraft have reserved slots for WheelTug
systems. Forward-looking statement:
About Royal Brunei Airlines
Royal Brunei currently operates a fleet of fourteen aircraft comprising five Boeing 787-8
Dreamliner aircraft together with seven Airbus A320NEO aircraft and two Airbus A320 CEO
Aircraft. In 2018, RB received the APEX Official Airline Ratings™ Four-Star Award and as
winners of TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Economy Class – Asia and Travellers’ Choice
Regional Airlines – Asia. In 2019, RB moved up twelve places to number 66 in the top 100
airlines in the world and was awarded the Skytrax 4 Star Airline Rating and APEX Official Airline
Ratings Five-Star Major Regional Airline Award.

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