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Airbus Takes Delivery of LEKTRO’s 5,400th Electric Tug

Hamburg, GermanyLEKTRO, Inc. reached a new milestone delivering their 5,400th aircraft tug to Airbus at their manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany. This milestone breaks LEKTRO’s previous record as the world’s number one producer of electric towbarless aircraft tugs. The sale was brokered by LEKTRO’s authorized dealer for Germany and Austria, Bartosch Airport Supply Services GmbH.


“It is an honor to provide ground handling solutions to Airbus in Hamburg,” commented Leo Bartosch, President of Bartosch Airport Supply Services. “We look forward to supporting Airbus whenever the need arises.”


The tug, a LEKTRO model AP8950SDB-AL-200, is the American company’s second largest pushback offering, capable of handling all single aisle Airbus aircraft up to and including the A321 Neo. The tug features a new cabin design, developed by LEKTRO in partnership with Walter Mauser GmbH of Breitenau am Steinfelde, Austria, and Oliver Voss, Manager for Flightline/Delivery Maintenance Support at Airbus in Hamburg. It features improved visibility, heated glass for fast defrosting, as well as cabin air conditioning and heating. The side panels with doors can also now easily be removed, becoming a “shade top” for applications not requiring heating or cooling.


“LEKTRO’s product evolution has always been driven by listening to our customers. The new cabin design was directly influenced by the requirements and desires of Airbus, which resulted in a significant upgrade to our cabin ergonomics and design,” said Stephen Sipe, LEKTRO’s Director Sales and Marketing.

Airbus selected LEKTRO for its superior reliability, after sales support, and environmentally friendly electric drivetrain.


“We are very pleased and impressed with the quality of LEKTRO’s products,” confirmed Airbus’s Oliver Voss. “We appreciate LEKTRO’s willingness to create a tractor that meets our needs and we look forward to many years of reliable and efficient service.”


“Needless to say, we are very grateful to Oliver Voss and Airbus for their confidence and assistance. We look forward to being of service for many years to come,” added Eric Paulson, LEKTRO’s President and CEO.


Having invented the world’s first towbarless aircraft tug in 1967, LEKTRO has long been an industry leader. Currently their vehicles are in use in 93 countries across the globe. As a testament to their quality of construction and reliability, their second tug ever manufactured is still in operation. Their first unit produced was recently taken out of service to be displayed in LEKTRO’s museum at their headquarters in Warrenton, Oregon, USA.







LEKTRO is an Oregon based company founded in 1945 that specializes in the design and manufacture of electric vehicles. LEKTRO founder Wilt Paulson invented the first towbarless tow vehicle in 1967, revolutionizing aircraft towing. Since then, LEKTRO has been the leading producer of all-electric towbarless aircraft tugs. Eric, his son, took over the company in 1985, overseeing the development of the larger, modern tugs LEKTRO builds today. LEKTRO has produced a wide variety of pioneering electric vehicles over its 73 year history, including the first electric mink feeder and the first electric golf cart, as well as forklifts and warehouse vehicles. A single family ownership has guaranteed uncompromising reliability and function in LEKTRO’s products as well as unsurpassed product support.


About Bartosch Airport Supply Services:

Bartosch Airport Supply services of Anthering, (Salzburg) Austria is a distributor high quality new and used aircraft ground support equipment, including LEKTRO Towbarless Aircraft Towing Vehicles, Aerosweep FOD*BOSS FOD removal devices and Bartosch Airport Supply Services proprietary design of aircraft wheel chocks.


About Airbus:

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of € 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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