Posted on: 19 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Goodrich is to supply wheels and carbon brakes for all new Boeing 737NG deliveries and to retrofit 737NG in-service aircraft for KLM and transavia.com.
The first carbon brake equipped 737NG is set for delivery in August with retrofits beginning thereafter. Goodrich carbon brakes have now been selected by nine 737NG customers.
“We are pleased that Air France KLM Group has selected Goodrich to provide wheels and carbon brakes for its new aircraft and for retrofit of its 77 existing 737NG aircraft,” remarked Brian Brandewie, president of Goodrich’s Aircraft Wheels and Brakes business. “This selection will allow for a smooth transition from Goodrich’s current steel equipment over to its new Duracarb equipment, allowing KLM and transavia.com to benefit from a seamless transition. Additionally, the exceptionally long brake life and weight reduction offered with the new carbon brake design will provide significant operating and fuel cost savings for the airline.”
Thom Grobben, vice-president procurement E&M Air France KLM commented, “Selection of Goodrich’s advanced lightweight wheels and carbon brakes will improve the operational performance of our 737 NG fleet. The carbon brakes offer superior landing performance with lower weight, reducing fuel burn and lowering carbon dioxide emissions.”