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EasyJet to Test Electric Plane-Taxiing Gear to Reduce Fuel Burn

EasyJet Plc, Europe’s second-biggest discount airline, plans to test an electric taxiing system next year that is intended to save fuel.

The Electric Green Taxiing System, or EGTS, allows aircraft to taxi using an auxiliary power unit to turn the wheels, rather than relying on a plane’s jet engines, EasyJet said today in a statement. Safran SA and Honeywell International Inc. developed the technology.

EasyJet, based in Luton, England, estimates that about 4 percent of the fuel that it burns is consumed when planes are taxiing at airports, with an average 20 minutes of taxi time per flight. Safran and Honeywell plan to start fitting the device to airplanes starting in 2016 if the trials are successful.

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