“Introduced two years ago, the use of TaxiBot’s have helped in reducing around 532 tonnes of Carbon at Delhi Airport. It also helped airlines in saving around 214,000 litres of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), which was supposed to be burned by the aircraft during taxiing,” the airport operator said.
Taxibots have also helped the Delhi airport significantly in reducing the risk of foreign object debris (FOD) damage to the aircraft during its ground movement and taxiing noise at the airport. It is resourceful to ATC as TaxiBot’s offer faster apron clearance and assist airlines in reducing turnaround time for its ground operations, it said.
Taxibot is a semi-robotic hybrid special purpose vehicle that is used to taxi the aircraft at the airport. The 800-hp hybrid-electric engine, controlled by the pilot from the cockpit using the regular pilot controls, can move an aircraft from the terminal gate to the take-off point (taxi-out phase) and return it to the gate after landing (taxi-in phase).
Delhi Airport claims that it is the only airport in the world to adopt this green taxiing solution and use it since May 2019.
“Delhi Airport is one of the leading airports globally in terms of adopting environmental sustainability related initiatives. With the implementation and continuous use of TaxiBot, DIAL continues its journey of making Delhi Airport one of the most sustainable airports globally. The reduction in carbon emissions by use of TaxiBot establishes DIAL as an environment-friendly organisation. This is a major milestone not only for DIAL but also for the aviation sector globally, in terms of promoting and adopting alternative and green taxiing solutions,” DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar was quoted in the release.