Safran Landing Systems and CAEES team up to promote electric taxiing systems in China
Safran Landing Systems is developing an electric taxiing system that will enable commercial airplanes to taxi without having to use their own jet engines or a tractor, thanks to electric motors installed in the wheels on the main landing gear, and powered by the airplane’s own auxiliary power unit (APU). This type of system offers savings on fuel costs of up to 4% per year, while also significantly reducing emissions of carbon, nitrogen oxides (NOx), etc.
As part of the agreement, the two partners will present this technology to Chinese airlines and work with them to evaluate the expected profits. CAEES will provide support to analyze practices related to ground operations and the associated regulations applied by Chinese airports. This agreement will also enable the partners to evaluate the expected environmental gains for all stakeholders (airlines, airports, leasing firms and environmental organizations) and to study the electric taxiing system in relation to Chinese CO2 emission quotas and local subsidies.
“The boom in Chinese air traffic has resulted in strong demand for airplane operations, including quick turnarounds, more taxiing, greater airport congestion and increased carbon emissions,” points out Mr. Zhang Xiaoshi, Managing Director of CAEES. “That’s why we want to carefully evaluate the expected benefits of electric taxiing for Chinese airlines.”
“We are very proud to announce this strategic partnership with CAEES, which will facilitate our discussions with and access to the different players in the Chinese aviation industry,” notes Vincent Mascré, CEO of Safran Landing Systems. “Being more familiar with their expectations will help us refine our system’s capabilities in order for us to offer a product that meets operational requirements in this part of the world.”
Safran is an international high-technology group and tier-1 supplier of systems and equipment in the Aerospace and Defense markets. Operating worldwide, Safran has nearly 58,000 employees and generated sales of 15.8 billion euros in 2016. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and its share is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.
Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. As a trusted partner to 30 major commercial, military, business and regional aircraft manufacturers, the company supports more than 27,000 aircraft making over 54,000 landings a day.
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