Air India Revives The Cancelled Services In Andhra Pradesh, Becomes First In The World To Use Taxibots On A320 Aircraft

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Air India is resuming its services in Andhra Pradesh, according to Ashwani Lohani, chairman of Air India. In addition, the airline will also launch new services in routes -- Vijayawada-Tirupati-Vizag, Vijayawada-Shirdi and Vijayawada-Bangalore. The decision to revive the cancelled services came after Vijayasai Reddy, the Member of Parliament, met Lohani. Reddy had earlier written a letter to Air India requesting for new services as well.

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As per the new decision, Air India will operate three flights a week between Delhi and Vijayawada and will run a Delhi-Vijayawada-Tirupati-Vijayawada-Delhi flight from October 27. The decision was conveyed to Reddy through a letter. In response, the MP thanked Lohani.

Amid the disinvestment struggles, Air India continues to remain open for new operations and says it will allocate the resources based on availability.

Air India makes history by using Taxibots on Airbus A320 aircraft

In another development, Air India became the first airline in the world to use Taxibot on Airbus A320 aircraft with passengers on board. Chairman Lohani flagged off the commercial flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3 of Delhi Airport.

“The use of Taxibot on the Air India aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport today morning is the first such usage on any Airbus aircraft worldwide. An achievement to be proud of. A giant step forward towards a cleaner environment,” Lohani said.

“Taxibots will also help in decongesting boarding gates and the apron area by providing efficient pushbacks,” he added.

Using Taxibots, the airlines can tow the aircraft from the parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off. The ignition will be turned The taxibots are pilot-controlled and semi-robotic devices. Taxibots can help in reducing fuel consumption by as much as 85%. It will also curb carbon emission and accelerates greener aviation ecosystem.

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