SINGAPORE, Feb. 13, 2012 - SINGAPORE AIRSHOW - Goodrich Corporation's (NYSE: GR) Boeing 737 Next Generation wheel and carbon brake equipment is achieving exceptional brake life and reliability at launch customer flydubai, a low-cost carrier based in Dubai. The flydubai fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft equipped with DURACARB® carbon brakes has accumulated over 140,000 brake landings to date with a projected industry-leading average brake life of 3,000 landings per overhaul. Currently 12 airlines have selected Goodrich carbon brakes for their 737 Next Generation aircraft.
Jim Wharton, vice president of sales and program management at Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels and Brakes business said, "Our Boeing 737NG DURACARB® carbon brakes are performing very well at launch customer flydubai. The airlines are initially attracted to the 700-pound weight savings compared with steel brakes, but when they select Goodrich they also benefit from industry-leading brake life and reliability."
Ghaith al Ghaith, chief executive officer of flydubai said, "The Goodrich carbon brakes on our aircraft have exceeded our expectations. The brake life is higher than promised and the equipment is very reliable with no in-service issues experienced to date. This ensures that we can keep our costs low and pass on the savings to our customers in the form of lower fares."
flydubai currently operates a fleet of 23 Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft. Goodrich will supply wheels and carbon brakes for flydubai's entire fleet of more than 50 Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft, having retrofitted the airline's original six aircraft.
Owned by the government of Dubai, flydubai is Dubai's first low-cost airline and started commercial flights on June 1, 2009. The airline already operates 23 Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft on 46 routes, making it one of the fastest growing start-up airlines in the world. The airline's operational destinations include routes in the GCC, Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and Asia.
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