1st Boeing 787 Dreamliner equipped with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty electric brakes enters into service

Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, equipped with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran Group) wheels and brakes. Ethiopian Airlines is the first in the world, outside Japan and before any airline in the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Europe to operate this technologically advanced commercial aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines is the launch customer for Messier-Bugatti-Dowty electric brakes and has already ordered ten Boeing 787-8 aircraft to be equipped.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty teams have provided support and expertise for Ethiopian Airlines to ensure a successful entry into service, including hands-on training of the airline’s technicians in electric braking technology.

Nebil Mohammed Shash, Ethiopian Airlines 787 Project Manager, said: "We are delighted to continue our cooperation with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty for our 787 fleet. We expect an even superior service life than on our previous generation long-range fleets.”

Alain Sauret, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, added: "This launch marks a major milestone in the development of electric braking on commercial aircraft, culminating the successful development of a technology pioneered by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty."

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty electric brakes deliver weight savings while retaining excellent thermal capacity, higher dispatch reliability, simplified maintenance and longer service life. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty electric brakes are not only lighter than competing products, but are also designed to deliver more landings per overhaul.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty also supplies the main and nose landing gears for all Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Source: Safran S.A. (Paris: SAF.PA)
Date: Sep 4, 2012