Lufthansa LEOS receives electric aircraft tug
Goldhofer delivered the first customer vehicle of the Phoenix E towbarless electric aircraft tractor to Lufthansa LEOS in Frankfurt. The model was tested at Munich Airport, among others.
The Phoenix E has been in use in Munich since January 2021, and further tests have taken place in Vienna, Zurich and Los Angeles, according to Goldhofer. Today, the first customer vehicle has been built at the Memmingen site and delivered to Lufthansa LEOS at Frankfurt Airport.
The Phoenix series are tow barless aircraft tractors that embrace and lift the front wheel of the aircraft – mounting and removing the tow bar for every towing operation is not required here.
Like its conventionally powered sister models, the Phoenix E can move planes up to a takeoff weight of 352 tonnes, including widebody jets. As Goldhofer writes, it should “even be usable for maintenance towing up to 32 km / h because of its performance”.
The batteries are supplied by Akasol, while the technology Goldhofer calls “IonMaster” operates at 700 volts. Customers can choose the appropriate size for their application from the modular battery system. Thermal management enables “very short charge times” as well as fast and intermediate charging at all current charging points, AC and DC, up to 150 kW.
Source: information by e-mail