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Low fare airline Virgin Blue has ordered 30 new Toyota tow tractors to help it transport tonnes of passenger luggage at four different locations around Australia.

The company will phase in the new Toyota 02-2TD20 diesel-powered tow tractors at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide airports over the next three months.

“Delivering passenger baggage and freighted goods on time is a key performance measure for Virgin Blue,” said Diederik Penn, head of Ground Services, Virgin Blue.

“We believe Toyota has the reliability, back-up and customer service to help us achieve that.

“Value for money was a major consideration in our choice, but you cannot compromise on performance in aviation - that’s why we chose the Toyota tow tractors.”

The Toyota 02-2TD20 tow tractors are powered by a 2.5 litre diesel engine driving through an automatic gearbox.

Each unit will be fitted with a catalytic converter to minimise emissions in accordance with Virgin Blue’s occupational health and safety policy.

The Toyota 02-2TD20 features heavy-duty front and rear axles riding on front coil and rear leaf spring suspension.

Power-assisted steering and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with incorporated memory function maximise operator efficiency.

Each Toyota 02-2TD20 will tow up to four baggage trailers weighing approximately 1500kg each over distances of up to two kilometres.

Virgin Blue, which started up just three years ago, now has 31 Boeing 737-800s and 737-700s and one 737-300 in its domestic passenger and freight fleets in Australia.

The general manager of Toyota Industrial Equipment, Steve Harper, said the supply of the Toyota tow tractors was an important development in the relationship between Toyota Industrial Equipment and Virgin Blue.

“Virgin Blue is one the fastest growing businesses in aviation,” he said.

“With the delivery of 30 Toyota Tow tractors, Toyota Industrial Equipment will now provide a key part of its infrastructure.”

For further information on Toyota's Industrial Equipment's tow tractor, forklift or skid steer loader range, freecall 1800 425 438 Australia-wide, or visit Toyota on-line at


The first of low-fare airline Virgin Blue’s 30 new Toyota towing tractors goes to work at Sydney Airport.