First Boeing 737-900ER with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes enters into service with Turkish Airlines

Dubai, November 17, 2011

The first Boeing 737-900ER (MSN 40973) fitted with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) wheels and carbon brakes is entering into service with Turkish Airlines. This higher-capacity, longer-ranger derivative of the 737-900 is also the first of this type to be operated by the Turkish national flag carrier.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty carbon brakes reduce the weight of each 737-900ER by 770 pounds (350 kg) compared to conventional steel brakes, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The new brake also offers additional cost savings with a far greater endurance (2,200 landings per overhaul) and three times less maintenance.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty offers a carbon brake that has been certified on all members of the Boeing 737 Next-Generation family (737-600, -700, -800, -900, -900ER and BBJ), as original equipment or retrofit. To date, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has signed agreements to provide wheels and carbon brakes for 686 Boeing Next-Generation 737 jetliners.

Alain Sauret, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, said, "This latest entry in service solidifies Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's position in this market. Our growing list of customers clearly demonstrates that the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty carbon brake for the Next–Generation 737 family has become brake of choice by the majority of the world's airlines operating this jetliner."

Messier-Bugatti is the world's N° 1 supplier of carbon brakes for aircraft.

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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.

About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline company with a fleet of 177 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 190 cities around the world, comprised of 42 domestic and 148 international destinations.
One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several "Passengers Choice Awards" from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax.
Based on 2011 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner in 3 categories, "Best Airline Europe", "Best Premium Economy Seats" for its Comfort Class seats and "Best Airline Southern Europe". It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers.

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