Livingston Airline Purchases WheelTug Delivery Slots
GIBRALTAR -- (Marketwire) -- 03/04/13 -- Livingston Compagnia Aerea,
an Italian privately-owned airline, and WheelTug plc, announced today
the execution of a Slot Purchase Agreement under which the airline,
subject to all regulatory approvals, has the right to lease
WheelTug(R) Aircraft Drive Systems for installation on its fleet of
Airbus A320 aircraft. With this agreement, nearly three hundred
WheelTug delivery slots have been reserved by airlines.
The WheelTug electric drive system uses high-performance electric
motors, installed 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 both pushback and taxi operations.
Current commercial aviation practice utilizes a tug for aircraft gate
pushback, while forward taxi is powered by the aircraft's engines.
Typically, a taxiing Airbus A320 burns 24 to 27 pounds of fuel per
minute. The electric WheelTug unit needs only four pounds of fuel per
minute by using the aircraft's auxiliary power unit (APU),
representing an 80% reduction in ground operation fuel consumption.
In addition to lower ground operation fuel consumption, other
intended benefits of the WheelTug Aircraft Drive Systems include:
substantially reduced carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas
emissions, increased safety and flexibility of operations, faster
turnaround times, reduced engine wear and repair costs, and decreased
noise pollution. WheelTug estimates the total savings at over
US$700,000 per aircraft per year. WheelTug Systems will be offered to
New Livingston SpA airline entirely 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
WheelTug plc successfully installed and tested the first in-wheel
WheelTug system in Prague in June 2012. Video from the tests is
available at: http://media.wheeltug.com.
About New Livingston Airline
Livingston is the new Italian airline owned by Riccardo Toto. The
airline, which has its main base in Milan Malpensa, operates
domestic, international and intercontinental flights since March
2012. Livingston's fleet today is composed of 5 Airbus A320-232 (for
short/medium range) and 1 Airbus A330-243 (for long range), as well
as 4 more Airbus A320s on order. Livingston incorporates the typical
characteristics of an efficient low-cost carrier with a corporate jet
one, able to offer the highest level of courtesy and reliability. Its
business model is extremely innovative and its distinction is in its:
"tailor-made" service, its new fleet and its strong partnership with
tour operators and travel agencies.
WheelTug is represented in Italy by G&G Aviation, a consulting
company serving airlines, airports, training centers and executive
operators. WheelTug is a Gibraltar Corporation. A full listing of
WheelTug partner companies and airline customers is on the company's
website at www.wheeltug.gi .
For more information:
+420 724 276 506
Giovanni F. Piccione
MD & CEO
G&G Aviation Srl
+39 06 916507834
Livingston Press Office
Zigzag Corporate Communication
+39 366 1663095
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.