Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes chosen to retrofit Aeromexico’s B737NG fleet

Paris, February 10, 2010

Aeromexico, a major Latin American airline, has retrofitted its first B737-700 with Messier-Bugatti (Safran group) carbon brakes, as part of a large-scale program to upgrade its entire fleet of 36 Boeing 737-700 and -800 Next-Generation twinjets with Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes.

This program marks the first actual replacement of steel brakes on B737NGs already in service.

With Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes, Aeromexico will reduce the cost of operations of its B737NG fleet, thanks to the extended carbon brake life, lower cost-per-landing, and weight savings of 600 to 700 Lbs per aircraft. These weight savings will bring reduced fuel bills and lower carbon dioxide emissions.

David Nakamura, Senior VP Technical at Aeromexico, declared: "The retrofit of our first aircraft with Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes went flawlessly. This event marks the beginning of an era of very significant cost savings and reduced emissions that will make our B737NG fleet even more competitive and environmentally responsible. We look forward to continuing the successful cooperation with Messier-Bugatti to upgrade all our B737NG aircraft in the coming months and support our operations in the years to come."

Messier-Bugatti offers a carbon brake certified for the entire B737NG family – 737-600, 737-700, 737-800, 737-900 and 737-900ER and BBJ – as either original equipment for new aircraft or for retrofits. To date, Messier-Bugatti has received carbon brake orders for a total of 152 new Boeing 737NG aircraft and 131 retrofits.

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Messier-Bugatti, a Safran group company, is a world leader in aircraft braking solutions. Wheels and carbon brakes by Messier-Bugatti are used on more than 3,500 commercial aircraft worldwide, and the company also provides innovative braking, steering, landing and monitoring systems and equipment for nearly 10,000 aircraft. Messier-Bugatti delivers products and support services to some 300 airlines and 20 air forces around the world. It has been a major supplier to Airbus for 30 years, and is also an OEM supplier for Boeing, Bombardier, ATR and Dassault. Messier-Bugatti has a global workforce of 1,400 employees, mainly in France and the United States. It generates annual sales of 420 million euros, and reinvests more than 15% of these revenues in Research & Development. Messier-Bugatti is certified to ISO 14001.

AeroMexico and its subsidiary, AeroMexico Connect, operate more than 600 daily flights through the airline's hub in the new Terminal 2 at Mexico City's International Airport to more than 40 destinations in Mexico, 16 U.S. cities in 11 states and 10 other destinations including Tokyo, Paris and Buenos Aires in nine other countries worldwide. AeroMexico Vacations provides customized vacation travel packages throughout the airline's service network. The airline also offers connecting service to other international destinations through its SkyTeam global airline alliance with 8 other carriers. AeroMexico has been recognized for its award-winning style of personalized in-flight service, one of the world's best on-time flight records, the highest safety and quality standards ratings, outstanding reliability and baggage handling performance, and exceptional value based on its competitive fares and superior service.

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Alison Joly
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