Scania to Supply Engines for Aircraft Towing Vehicles
SÖDERTÄLJE, Sweden -- November 16, 2012
Scania (STO:SCVA)(STO:SCVB) has signed an agreement to deliver up to 3,000
Tier 4i emission-compliant engines for aircraft dispatch towing and pushback
Designed and developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the pushback
tractor TaxiBot will be manufactured by TLD in France, an airport ground
support equipment (GSE) specialist.
The pushback tractors will be available in narrow and wide versions for the
Airbus A320 and A380 series respectively, both powered by industrial engines
supplied by Scania. The narrow version of the TaxiBot Narrow Body is powered
by two 9-litre engines developing 294 kW each, while the TaxiBot Wide Body
will use two 16-litre V8 engines developing 566 KW each. The engines comply
with the Tier 4i emission legislation.
TLD chose engines from Scania for their compact and comprehensive modular
design, which prepares them for future emission legislation developments.
The TaxiBot tractors will be used to move aeroplanes between gate and runway.
This saves jet fuel and reduces greenhouse gas and noise emissions as the
aeroplanes will not have to start their engines until minutes before take-off.
The development of the TaxiBot is a joint venture between IAI and Airbus, and
has a potential order volume of 1,500 TaxiBots from TLD until the year 2022.
Trials have been run with Lufthansa Boeing 747s in Germany and with Airbus in
France. Currently, the TaxiBot Narrow Body is undergoing extensive testing
with an Airbus A320 at Chateauroux Airport in France.
Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for
heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines.
Service-related products account for a growing proportion of the company’s
operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions
and maximum uptime. Scania also offers financial services. Employing some
37,500 people, the company operates in about 100 countries. Research and
development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes
place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of
both components and complete vehicles. In 2011, net sales totalled SEK 87.7
billion and net income amounted to SEK 9.4 billion. Scania press releases are
available on www.scania.com
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Dick Burger, Sales Director Industrial Engines
tel. +33 241413361
Hans-Åke Danielsson, Press Manager
tel. +46 8553856 52
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