Firefly selects Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes for its 737 Next-Gen fleet

Leading Malaysian airline Firefly has selected Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to supply wheels and carbon brakes for its Boeing Next-Generation 737 fleet. The contract covers a total of 63 Boeing 737-800 twinjets, either new or to be retrofitted.

The operational benefits of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes for this aircraft are clearly proven. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty carbon brakes reduce the weight of each 737-800 by 770 pounds (350 kg) compared to conventional steel brakes, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The new brake also features additional cost savings with a far greater endurance (2,200 landings per overhaul) and three times less maintenance.

"The savings generated by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty carbon brakes directly contribute to reduced operating costs, thus enabling us to pass those savings to our customers while offering them a better product," said Ignatius Ong, Chief Operating Officer for Malaysian Air System Short Haul Operations/Firefly."

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Firefly previously made the switch to Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes for its ATR 72-500 turboprop commuter fleet.

Alain Sauret, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, added, "This latest contract for our wheels and carbon brakes clearly bolsters Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s leadership position, attesting to the overall reliability and excellence of our products. In the 737 Next Generation market segment alone, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is outselling the competition by three to one.”

Source: Safran S.A. (Paris: SAF.PA)
Date: Mar 22, 2012