WheelTug and Prague Airport Announce Feasibility of FASTGate

PRAGUE, Czech Republic and DOUGLAS, Isle of Man, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Electric aircraft taxi innovator WheelTug plc is pleased to announce an upcoming study in partnership with Prague’s Václav Havel Airport in Czech Republic. The parties will cooperate on an assessment of the airport, assessing how the WheelTug electric taxi system (electric motors installed in the front wheels of aircraft) can improve the efficiency of existing infrastructure through the implementation of FASTGates (Fast And Safe Turn Gates).

FASTGates are airport gates optimized for WheelTug electric taxi maneuvers, and studies like this will help prepare airports for WheelTug entry into service. Additional objectives include analyzing how WheelTug will support the increasing automation of ground operations while simultaneously reducing CO2 and NOx emissions. This is in line with the industry’s move towards greater sustainability and environmental awareness.

“As part of its ESG strategy, Prague Airport supports innovations that can reduce CO2 emissions, including this technology. Furthermore, it could contribute, for example, to improving punctuality,” said Jiří Pos, CEO of Prague Airport, adding: “We will be involved in the testing of WheelTug, and we hope that the unique technology will also increase interest of air carriers seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.”

This new project marks the latest in a long history of cooperation between WheelTug and Prague. The airport has previously hosted on-aircraft testing for WheelTug, and airport subsidiary CSAT has participated in landing gear testing. CSAT also supports the development of MRO procedures and is a candidate for one of WheelTug’s authorized regional MRO sites. Additionally, the WheelTug customer service organization is headquartered in Prague.

“It’s great to be working with Prague again – we look forward to partnering again with our Czech colleagues to determine how WheelTug will benefit Václav Havel Airport in Prague and potentially airports across Europe,” said WheelTug CEO Isaiah Cox.

The Prague study follows the successful conclusion of a similar assessment at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. There, WheelTug and airport management have determined that without major capital expenditure, the introduction of FASTGates will allow 2-3 additional aircraft movements per day for each gate. The more efficient flow will reduce traffic on Mumbai’s taxiways, provide safer and cleaner discharges and provide tens of millions (USD) in savings on ground operations.

About Vaclav Havel Airport Prague

Prague Airport is the commercial entity that assumes the role of operator of the most important international airport in the Czech Republic – Václav Havel Airport in Prague. In the summer season 2022, Václav Havel Airport in Prague is connected by direct flights to about 150 destinations thanks to the offer of 58 air carriers. Four airlines, namely Smartwings, Ryanair, Eurowings and Czech Airlines, use Prague as their base.

About WheelTug plc
WheelTug plc is developing the WheelTug® electric aircraft drive system, which will allow pilots to maneuver aircraft autonomously in forward and reverse. Over 25 airlines representing over 2000 aircraft have already booked slots for the WheelTug systems. www.wheeltug.com
Forward-looking statement: www.wheeltug.gi/fls.shtml

Contact WheelTug
Jan Vana, Director
+420 724 276 506 / +1 503 957 8662
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