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LEKTRO Delivers Milestone 5,000th Tug To American Airlines LAX

American Airlines Takes Delivery of LEKTRO’s 5,000th Electric Tug         

Los Angeles, CaliforniaLEKTRO, Inc. reached a milestone today delivering their 5,000th aircraft tug to American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). To date, LEKTRO has produced more towbarless aircraft tugs than any other manufacturer in the world.

AA LAX Managing Director Jim Moses & LEKTRO President Eric Paulson Shake handsThe tug, a model AP8950SDB-AL-250, is the Oregon based company’s largest pushback offering, capable of handling aircraft up to 280,000 pounds such as the Boeing 757. It is an upgraded version of LEKTRO’s popular AP8950SDB-AL-200, which was introduced in 2014 and designed to handle aircraft up to 210,000 pounds like the Airbus A321 and Boeing 737. The new tugs are certified to handle every narrow body aircraft in American Airline’s fleet and every regional aircraft they and their sister regional carriers operate.

“Our AP8950SDB-AL-250 is certified to handle virtually any narrow-body down thru Regional aircraft an airline may fly, it is by far, the most versatile towbarless tug available on the market today,” noted LEKTRO President Eric Paulson.

The new units replace several of American Airlines conventional diesel tractors and will ensure safe and reliable pushback operations while lowering the overall carbon emissions at the airport. Conventional pushback methods use combustion engine tractors which attach to the aircraft via a towbar. LEKTRO aircraft tugs are towbarless, eliminating the cost to procure and maintain towbars as well as eliminate the risk of injury to personnel associated with their use. Additionally, LEKTRO vehicles are completely electric and only use energy when in motion or operating its hydraulic winch or cradle, making them very quiet and energy efficient.

Thumbs Up 737 in backgroundJim Moses, American Airlines’ Managing Director at LAX said: “We have invested over $8million in ground service equipment at LAX this year, as part of our expansion in Los Angeles and our commitment to improving the overall airport experience for our customers and employees. “

Having invented the 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 (the first unit was recently taken out of service so could be displayed in LEKTRO’s Warrenton museum).



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 71 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. Connect with LEKTRO on Twitter @LektroInc and at


About American Airlines Group:

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at


About the AP8950SDB-AL-250:

The AP8950SDB-AL-250 was introduced in 2016 by LEKTRO at the request of major airline customers for a tug capable of handling both regional aircraft and all narrow body aircraft in operation. Through an aggressive certification program and advanced engineering, the tug is certified to handle the Boeing 757, 737, 717, and MD-80-95; Airbus A318-321, Bombardier Q400 and CRJ series; as well as the Embraer ERJ and E-Series of aircraft. It utilizes a proprietary aircraft recognition and limiter system that limits the braking and acceleration characteristics of the tug, ensuring a smooth and certified pushback.

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