Motors for Airliner Nose Wheels Promise Significant Savings
Gibraltar-based WheelTug said last week that new “slot purchase agreements” with an undisclosed Boeing 737 operator and with Turkey’s Corendon Airlines (for ten units) have brought its backlog to 439 delivery slots reserved by nine airlines.
WheelTug installs high-performance electric motors 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 gate push-back and taxiing (F&F, March 28 and December 2, 2012).
The firm claims fuel cost savings of $225,000 per aircraft per year, as well as significant savings from extended brake replacement intervals, but says that the real money is in operational savings – increased safety and flexibility, faster turnaround times, reduced engine wear and repair costs, amounting to more than $700,000 per aircraft per year.
WheelTug offers its installation to airlines on a lease, or power-by-the-hour basis, “so that the systems can be installed and operated on aircraft without any capital expenditure on the part of the airline whatsoever.”
WheelTug uses Chorus Meshcon motors from its Chorus Motors parent.
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Source: WheelTug release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up