Air India, which is facing a financial crisis, has achieved a new position. Air India has become the first airline company in the world to use a taxi boat for a commercial flight of an A-320 aircraft loaded with passengers. Air India achieved this feat under the leadership of Captain Amitabh Singh.
What is a taxi-boat?
Taxi boats are also called taxing robots. It is used to pull the aircraft from the parking bay to the runway. When the aircraft is pulled from the parking bay to the runway, the engine of the aircraft remains off. During this time the aircraft fuel is also saved because in this way 85% less fuel is used than bringing the aircraft to the engine. It is a semi-robotic tow-bar. It is used only for departing flights.
In this context, Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said that it will begin with the departure of AI 665 flight from Mumbai’s Terminal 3 to Mumbai to Mumbai.
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In August 2019 Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) told in a press release that Air India’s outstanding fuel bill had touched at Rs 5,000 crore, which had not been paid for just about eight months. On August 22, IOC, BPCL and HPCL halted fuel supply to Air India at six air terminals at Kochi, Mohali, Pune, Patna, Ranchi and Vizag due to non-installment in full.