Short haul innovation by BA

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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British Airways has become the first airline worldwide to introduce high-tech, remote-controlled devices to push back aircraft across its short haul operation.

The airline has said that it is modernising its operation to maintain and further improve punctuality for its customers.

In partnership with Heathrow, the eco-friendly Mototok tugs will allow British Airways staff to prepare aircraft for departure more efficiently. The airline thus becomes the first commercial operator to deploy the devices across multiple aircraft stands.

The equipment, used to move Airbus short haul aircraft, replaces traditional diesel tugs, allowing a single ramp agent to push an aircraft backwards from the gate in a remote operation.

Emissions-free and capable of moving aircraft with precision, five Mototoks are currently in operation across 25 stands at Heathrow's Terminal 5. They were integrated with the operation in August, and more than 100,000 customers have already benefited from smoother departures.

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