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Air India, Chicago organizes special screening of ‘Airlift’

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Nakul Chand, Manager-Midwest, Air India with Staff of Indian Consulate General, Community Leaders, Corporate and Retail Customers of Air India, Travel Agents, Airport Service Providers of Air India, and Members of the Media.

Chicago IL: Air India, Chicago organized a special screening of the latest Hindi Blockbuster Movie, “Airlift-Air India’s Call for Duty”, on January 31st, 2016.

D B Bhati and O P Meena Consuls at the Consulate General of India in Chicago, Vinesh Virani from The Art of Living foundation, and Minhaj Akhtar, President, FIA, Chicago were the Special Guests at the screening, which saw the participation of over 200 eminent people, including Staff of Indian Consulate General, Community Leaders, Corporate and Retail Customers of Air India, and Members of the Electronic and Print Media

The movie showcases the rescue of over one lakh Indians who were stranded in Kuwait after Iraq had invaded the country in 1990. Air India, which had airlifted all those stranded Indians by flying 488 flights over 59 days, had played a central role in the rescue mission. Air India had even entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the civil airline that had evacuated the most people till date.

Describing the movie, OP Meena said: “Airlift is a tribute to the massive evacuation pulled off by the functionaries of Indian government, Air India, Indian Airlines, and Air Force.”

Minhaj Akhtar opined, “Airlift underscores that intervention by the Government and its agencies will bear fruit only when these are accompanied by voluntary action by the people in general and the real victims of such tragedies in particular”

Delicious refreshments were also served at the event for the attendees.

Here are some of the pictures from the event:

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Air India becomes First Airline in World to Use “TaxiBot” on Airbus A320 Aircraft Operating Commercial Flight

Using this device, it is possible to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off

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Accordingly, the airline used the "TaxiBot" on its flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3, IGI Airport. Pixabay

National passenger carrier Air India on Tuesday became the first airline in the world to use “TaxiBot” on an Airbus A320 aircraft operating a commercial flight.

As per aviation parlance, a “TaxiBot” or “Taxiing Robot”, is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment.

Accordingly, the airline used the “TaxiBot” on its flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3, IGI Airport.

“Using this device, it is possible to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off. Thus saving precious fuel and reduce Engine wear and tear,” the airline said in a statement.

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As per aviation parlance, a “TaxiBot” or “Taxiing Robot”, is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment. Pixabay

“The ignition will be turned only when the aircraft reaches the runway. These TaxiBots will be used for departing flights only. This way, Air India will take a giant step towards curbing carbon emission, which will result in improving air quality and accelerate a greener aviation eco-system.”

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According to the statement, usage of “TaxiBots” will significantly bring down fuel consumption by as much as 85 per cent used during taxiing of aircraft. (IANS)