Messier-Bugatti-Dowty strengthens partnership with Airbus as the landing gear supplier to Single Aisle family

Vélizy, July 22, 2011 – Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) announced today the extension of its supply relationship with Airbus for the nose and main landing gears of the single aisle program to include the Contract award of the A320neo family.

Alain Sauret, Chairman & CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty stated, "We are extremely pleased to continue our 20-year strong partnership with Airbus on the single aisle family program. This extension builds upon our joint success with Airbus in this dynamic market segment to provide an enhanced product which offers increased cost-efficiency and support services for operators, whilst still maintaining product commonality between existing and future Airbus single aisle fleets."

As the incumbent landing gear supplier for the A320 family, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will progressively offer enhancements to current single aisle landing gears starting in 2014, in order to ensure a seamless transition into A320neo family deliveries, scheduled for entry in service in 2015. Direct benefits to operators include greater reliability and an extended service interval of 12 years between overhauls.

To date, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has delivered 4,800 landing gears for the A320 family. The company's global industrial network delivers 38 shipsets per month to Airbus Final Assembly Lines in Toulouse, Hamburg and in China. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty supplies landing gear to all Airbus families in service or in development, including the entire A330/A340 family, A380 nose landing gear and A350-800/900 main landing gears.

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Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group), is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Company capabilities encompass the full life cycle of our products, ranging from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is a partner to 33 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 22,000 aircraft making over 35,000 landings every day. The company employs 6,250 staff working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

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