Because airplanes cannot back up, aircraft tractors are used to move them away from a gate and transfer throughout the airport. The new AST-2P/X, named the Phoenix, is the fourth generation of towbarless tractors designed and built by Goldhofer AG, Memmingen, Germany. It can move more than 80% of all commercial aircraft in use worldwide, including the new Airbus A350 and the B777X, now under development by Boeing.
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