Airbus and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have secured European competition clearance for their newly established Taxibot joint venture (JV). Taxibot is a semi-robotic, pilot-controlled tug that powers large commercial aircraft to and from the runway under the aircraft’s controls, cutting the need for engine use on taxi (ATW Daily News, July 1, 2009). The European Commission said the JV was examined because of Airbus’ strong position in the “closely related ...

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