Japan's All Nippon Airways has been testing the Mototok Spacer 8600, a high-tech remote
The aircraft pushback
trial run, which ends today, commenced on 21 September 2018. Approval
for the trial run was obtained from Haneda Airport
The Mototok Spacer 8600 is a remote control
operated airplane pushback tug designed to reduce workload at
airports and increase pushback precision by providing the
controller with a wide angled view and the ability to confirm the
aircraft's exact position at any time.
In addition, the required
training time will be shorter and more efficient in comparison to
the conventional tug driver training.
Using the new tug type also
will also reduce maintenance costs and fuel costs.
"ANA is constantly seeking technical advancements to continue to
be a leader in the airline industry," said Shigeru Hattori, Senior
Vice President, ANA Airport Center. "The Mototok Spacer 8600 will
help ANA become more eco-friendly in a safe and cost effective
manner. By enhancing our current training techniques our team will
continue to improve and be the best in the industry."
Haneda Airport, the largest airport in Japan, as the site for
these trials to view the overall impact the tug can have on
airport workload. By reducing workload through the Mototok Spacer
8600, ANA expects a positive impact on efficiency. The tug was
used on Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and A321, ANA’s smaller
ANA hopes to fully implement the Mototok Spacer
8600 in its operations by 2020 and is considering introducing this device to
larger aircraft in the future.