Aurrigo International plc to Make USA Debut with International Airlines Group in Cincinnati
IAG the Anglo-Spanish owner of British Airways and Iberia will deploy Aurrigo Auto-DollyTug at busy North American cargo hub
- Aurrigo announce first deployment of its autonomous aviation vehicles in the USA with International Airlines Group (IAG)
- The partnership, which is for the provision of Aurrigo’s solutions at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), will start with an evaluation and simulation phase using Auto-Sim® in November, running for three months
- Simulation phase followed by a demonstration utilising Auto-DollyTug® throughout 2024
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Coventry, Thursday 29th November: Aurrigo International PLC has signed an agreement with International Airlines Group (IAG), the Anglo-Spanish owner of British Airways and Iberia for the deployment and demonstration of its autonomous aviation vehicles. The deal marks the first for Aurrigo’s aviation vehicles in the USA
The partnership, which is for the provision of Aurrigo’s solutions at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), will start with an evaluation and simulation phase in November using the companies Auto-Sim® platform and will run for three months, before being followed by a demonstration phase and an initial deployment of an Auto-DollyTug®. On successful completion of the demonstration, Aurrigo expects that this will lead to the deployment of a small fleet in the first half of 2025.
Aurrigo CEO David Keene, commented: “This partnership is an important milestone for us as it will be our first aviation operation in the USA – a key target market. Next year we will have our autonomous vehicles operating at airports in the UK, Europe, Asia and now the US, showing the clear demand there is in the aviation sector for our technology.”
We’re pleased to be partnering with IAG beyond the UK and to be building a presence at a key international airport. We are demonstrating vehicles that are designed from the ground up to be electric and autonomous to provide substantial efficiency improvements in future ground handling operations.”
Auto-DollyTug combines the utility of a baggage tractor, with the ULD (Unit Load device) carrying capability of an airport dolly, making a more flexible and space efficient vehicle. This means that a combination of an Auto-DollyTug® and three trailers carries four ULDs or over 30% more than a traditional tug set-up of the same overall length. Auto-DollyTug® incorporates robotic arms on the body, allowing the vehicle to autonomously load and unload a ULD itself.
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