WHEELTUG AND NILE AIR SIGN SLOT AGREEMENT
WheelTug Welcomes Nile Air
CAIRO, 26 July 2018 WheelTug plc, the aviation electric taxi innovator, and Nile Air, Egypts
largest private airline, have agreed terms to reserve 12 WheelTug systems for the Nile Air fleet of
This agreement brings the total number of reserved WheelTug slots to over 1,100. Worldwide, two
dozen airlines have signed with WheelTug.
The WheelTug system consists of high-performance electric motors installed in the nose gear wheels
of an aircraft, powered by the aircraft's auxiliary power unit. The system offers pilots full mobility and
enhanced autonomy on the ground; they can handle pushback and taxi operations themselves
without relying on tugs or the aircraft's jet engines. Nile Air will see efficiency gains and more
dependable departures, resulting in reduced costs and higher fleet utilization.
WheelTug CEO Isaiah Cox said, "The WheelTug team are happy to have Nile Air as a customer, and
expect our system will offer system-wide advantages in time, fuel, and maintenance."
Ahmed Aly, CEO of Nile Air, said that the new partnership with WheelTug plc will bring the airline's
services to a new uplifted level in the aviation industry as it will be the first of its kind in the Arab world
that supports the Airbus in the "taxi" mode - the movement of the aircraft on the runway before takeoff
and landing - to reduce the time spent on the ground, reduce operating costs and fuel
consumption, and save the environment by reducing harmful emissions from engines.
"The system provides better aircraft mobility on the runway to move it freely without the need to
operate all of its engines, resulting in a 1.7% decrease in Aircraft Fuel costs, reduction in operating
costs and the costs of aircraft care on the ground by 7%. In addition, the technology offers many
benefits at the environmental level, reducing harmful air emissions and pollution by 4%," Aly added.
Nile Air will also be able to reduce its maintenance expenses and better maintain the value of its
aircraft. Using WheelTug for breakaway power, aircraft engines are less likely to create FOD
vortices. This is an especially useful advantage in sandy environments, which typically lead to higher
repair and maintenance costs.
About Nile Air
Today, Nile Air is Egypt's leading & largest private airline operating a growing fleet of modern Airbus
A320 & A321 aircraft on scheduled services from the capital city of Cairo and coastal city of
Alexandria to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Sudan, United Arab Emirates & Turkey in additional to
domestic services to the Red Sea resorts of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada.
In addition to having the youngest fleet in Egypt and the highest on time performance (over 90%), the
airline offers guests a full service product with a dedicated business class cabin, complementary
meals, and generous baggage allowance - all to ensure the guests travels in style, comfort and safety
About WheelTug plc
Based in Gibraltar, WheelTug plc is developing the WheelTug® aircraft electric drive
system. A full listing of WheelTug partner companies
and airline customers is on the company's website at http://www.wheeltug.gi.
Forward-looking statement at http://www.wheeltug.gi/fls.shtml
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