Honeywell And Safran Sign Up GoAir To Support EGTS Electric Taxiing System
Leading Indian carrier to collaborate on testing and explore efficiency gains
of EGTS; system could save airlines up to 4 percent block fuel consumption
HYDERABAD, India, March 13, 2014
HYDERABAD, India, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and
Safran (NYSE Euronext Paris: SAF) have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) with GoAir, one of India's leading low-cost carriers, to support the
advancement of the EGTS electric taxiing system, a technology that can save
airlines up to 4 percent block fuel consumption per flight.
EGTS uses electric motors on the main landing gear to enable the aircraft to
push back autonomously and taxi without using its main engines to improve
operational efficiency and reduce emissions. The news follows an agreement
with Airbus in December to jointly evaluate EGTS as an option for the
company's A320 family of airplanes.
"At GoAir, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to lower costs for
our passengers while improving their flying experience at the same time," said
Giorgio De Roni, CEO, GoAir. "This agreement allows us to actively participate
in the system's development — a technology that we believe has the potential
to not only save fuel and reduce costs, but also improve aircraft turnaround
times and lower noise and emissions in the airport environment."
Under the agreement, GoAir will provide data on its taxiing operations to
Honeywell and Safran to assist in maturing the system and to define the
precise fuel and other operational benefits it would see by using the
technology across its fleets. The agreement will also see GoAir assist in
establishing the airline standard operational procedures for aircraft equipped
with the system.
"Where EGTS comes into its own is in supporting high-volume, fast-turnaround,
short-haul movements, where aircraft spend a large proportion of the day on
the tarmac taxiing," said Brian Wenig, vice president EGTS Program, Honeywell
Aerospace. "As the only electric taxiing system to receive support from a
major OEM to date, EGTS represents an exciting, cost-effective technology for
airlines to lower their fuel burn and save money."
Since the technology's "first move" last April on board the joint venture's
A320 test aircraft, EGTS has logged more than 200 kilometers of rolling tests,
including various load configurations and runway conditions, complex maneuvers
such as pushback, tight turns and U-turns, and varying specifications of
acceleration and speed up to maximum takeoff weight.
"EGTS has a significant benefit over other systems in that it has a
main-gear-based electric taxiing design," said Olivier Savin, vice president
EGTS Program, Safran. "Consequently, EGTS is the only onboard system currently
in development that can generate enough traction to mitigate the use of
engines during taxiing in all weather conditions and at all airports."
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oDeveloped by EGTS International, a joint venture between Honeywell and
oHoneywell and Safran estimate that total savings for airlines using EGTS
could range from US$200,000 to US$450,000 per aircraft, per year,
depending on their operations profile and system utilization.
oAllows aircraft to push back without a tug and then taxi between gate and
runway without engaging the main engines by using the auxiliary power unit
generator to power electric motors in the main landing gear.
oIn addition to reduced fuel burn, the system will also generate further
savings by minimizing the risk of damage to engine turbines from foreign
objects on the tarmac.
oThe pilot maintains full control of the aircraft's speed with virtually no
use of the brake through an integrated pilot interface unit. The system
design offers a fast installation time and does not affect brake cooling
or tire speeds on landing.
oIn January 2014, EGTS International announced a MOU with Airbus to explore
the potential for integrating the EGTS taxiing system on the airframer's
A320 family, under a program Airbus calls "eTaxi."
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businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security.
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14.7 billion euros in 2013. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds
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heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing
markets, including expenditures of 1.8 billion Euros in 2013. Safran is listed
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About Go Airlines (India) Ltd.
Launched in November 2005, Go Airlines (India) Ltd. is the aviation foray of
the Wadia Group and currently operates across 21 destinations with 120 daily
flights and approximately 2,000 connections weekly.
GoAir is committed to providing travellers a value for money proposition
through highest standards of customer service delivery and affordable air
fares. GoAir's flagship offering, GoBusiness, is a priority service for
business travellers looking to match value and exclusivity. GoBusiness offers
premium in-flight benefits of greater legroom (reserved seating in the first
two rows), privacy (vacant centre seat), hot meals and personalised attention
by Cabin Crew. It also provides customers the comfort of priority check-in,
boarding and deplaning.
GoAir flies to Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi,
Goa, Guwahati, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur,
Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi and Srinagar. For updates on GoAir, visit
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