Honeywell and Safran have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) Indian low cost airline GoAir to support the advancement of Electric Taxiing System (EGTS), a technology that can save airlines up to 4 percent block fuel consumption per flight.
Under the new agreement, GoAir is supplying Honeywell and Safran with data on its taxiing operations so that they can align the exact fuel savings that would be gained by deploying the EGTS. GoAir will also help the two companies establish standard airline operational procedures for aircraft equipped with the system.
"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."
Safran and Honeywell's engineers have put the EGTS through more than 124 miles of rolling tests since the technology's first move in April 2013 on an A320 test aircraft.