November 14, 2017: UTC Aerospace Systems, one of the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products has been selected to supply wheels and brakes to flydubai, JetSmart, Virgin Atlantic and Xiamen Airlines. Taken together, the agreements include more than 160 aircraft, including multiple Boeing and Airbus platforms, and represent more than $56 million in new business for UTC Aerospace Systems. The announcement builds on the $180 million in wheel and brake selections the company announced at the Paris Air Show in June.
UTC Aerospace Systems wheels and brakes are extensively used across the commercial aviation industry, having already amassed more than 17 million brake landings in service on the Boeing Next-Generation 737 and approximately 85 million brake landings in service on the Airbus A320ceo platform. The company's brake systems include its proprietary DURACARB carbon friction material, which allows for an average 35 percent longer brake life over competing carbon materials. This extended brake life helps airlines decrease maintenance time, thereby realizing cost savings as a result. For the 737 MAX and A320neo platforms, the 35 percent wear-rate advantage that DURACARB brakes provide translates to roughly 500 to 700 additional landings, or approximately six additional months, between brake overhauls.
"At UTC Aerospace Systems, our industry-leading product performance combined with our robust and efficient global MRO network provide a compelling overall wheel and brake solution for operators," said Landing Systems President Jim Wharton. "We see ourselves as an extension of our customers' operations, and we are dedicated to providing them with the best products and services possible to help boost their bottom lines."
Specifics of the four selections for wheels and brakes include:
• 35 Airbus A320neo aircraft
• 75 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
• 12 Airbus A350 aircraft
• 16-year MRO agreement includes servicing out of UTC Aerospace Systems London facility
• 39 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft