Norwegian Air Shuttle selects Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and electric brakes for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet

Farnborough Airshow, 9 July, 2012 - Norwegian Air Shuttle has selected wheels and electric brakes from Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group), for its upcoming 787 Dreamliner fleet. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2013.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty already supplies wheels and carbon brakes for Norwegian Air Shuttle's Boeing Next-Generation 737 short/medium-haul fleet. The airline was MBD's launch customer for carbon brakes on this airplane in Europe, and earlier this year took delivery of the 5,000th aircraft fitted with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty carbon brakes.

Lennart Ceder, Boeing 787 Technical Director at Norwegian Air Shuttle, said: "With this contract we are expanding our relationship with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, whose products have proven satisfactory on our Next-Generation 737 fleet in terms of both weight and endurance. We now expect MBD's electric brake technology to further increase dispatch reliability and also reduce maintenance times."

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Chairman and CEO Alain Sauret added: "We are delighted with this selection, which is a clear vote of confidence from Norwegian Air Shuttle for our products. Our Sepcarb® III OR carbon composite material, coupled with our electric brake technology, provide a winning combination in braking performance to enhance the airline's competitiveness."

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty electric brakes are designed to reduce weight, while also retaining excellent thermal capacity and providing higher dispatch reliability, simplified maintenance and longer service life.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty also supplies the main and nose landing gear for all Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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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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