Celebi Aviation to invest 45 million euros in taxibots for Indian airports
Turkish ground handling company Celebi Aviation on June 19 announced that it would make an investment of up to 45 million euros to bring Taxibots to key Indian airports over the next five to six years to provide an eco-friendly taxiing solution to airlines and airports.
Taxibot is a semi-robotic vehicle that tows an aircraft from the terminal gate to the runway with the aircraft’s engine turned off. This helps airlines cut down fuel consumption by 85 percent during the takeoff stage as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
“Our investment may go up to 45 million euros over the next five to six years if the industry takes to this technology. We plan to bring 30-40 Taxibots to Indian airports over this time period. Apart from Delhi Airport, where Taxibot operations have already commenced, we are also in talks with Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports,” Murali Ramachandran, CEO-India, Çelebi Aviation, said.
The company has signed an agreement with Delhi International Airport Limited for seven years and is already providing the service to SpiceJet. The airport became the first to use the semi-robotic equipment globally for taxiing of aircraft in May. There are two Taxibots at Delhi airport and there are plans to get three more in the near future.Celebi has entered into a partnership with KSU Aviation and invested approximately 6.5 million euros so far. Each of these units cost up to 1.5 million euros.
Celebi provides ground handling services, including handling of passengers, baggage and ramp at Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Cochin, Ahmedabad and Kannur.