Norwegian Air Shuttle receives its first 737-800 equipped with EASA-certified Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes

Paris, France, 6 October 2010

Norwegian Air Shuttle received its first two Boeing Next Generation 737-800s equipped with Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes, recently certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency. This is the first of 42 new airplanes to be delivered and 24 additional retrofits.

Norwegian Air Shuttle Technical Director Bjorn Ivar Aarseth declared, "Our selection of Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes is a cost-effective and environmentally-sound braking choice for our 737 fleet. The substantial weight savings versus steel brakes directly translates into reduced fuel consumption, C02 emissions and more efficient operations."

Alain Sauret, Chairman & CEO of Messier-Bugatti, added, "We are very pleased that Norwegian Air Shuttle has placed its confidence in our carbon brakes for its New Generation 737 fleet. In addition to this valuable launch customer, EASA certification opens the gate to deliveries to our other European customers. We look forward to expanding that base with proven, environmentally-responsible products that reduce airline operating costs."

Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes weigh 700 pounds (320 kgs) less than high capacity steel brakes for Next-Generation 737-700, -800 and 900ER (extended range) airplanes, and 550 pounds (250kgs) less than standard capacity steel brakes for Next-Generation 737-600s and -700s. In addition, carbon brakes ensure increased endurance, extending the brake life to more than 2,000 landings between overhauls.

Messier-Bugatti also offers a single brake model for the entire Next Generation 737 family, facilitating airline maintenance and reducing inventory costs.

Messier-Bugatti is the world leader in this segment, holding 46% of the carbon brake market for commercial jets over 100 seats. To date, Messier-Bugatti has received carbon brake orders for a total of 233 new Boeing Next Generation 737 airplanes and 95 retrofits.

Messier-Bugatti is the first braking supplier to earn this certification for its Next Generation 737 carbon brakes in North America and Europe. The EASA certification follows FAA certification obtained in July 2008.

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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 4,000 commercial aircraft worldwide, and the company also provides innovative braking, steering, landing and monitoring systems and equipment for nearly 10,000 aircraft. Messier-Bugatti supplies and supports 300 airlines and 20 air forces around the world. The company 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. Messier-Bugatti is committed to next generation technologies, investing more than 15% of annual revenues in Research & Development.

Messier-Bugatti is certified to ISO 14001.

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded "Norwegian," is a public low-cost airline noted on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The company is the second largest airline in Scandinavia, and has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East. With competitive prices and customer friendly solutions and service, the company has experienced significant growth over the previous years. With more than 10.7 million passengers in 2009, Norwegian is the 3rd largest low-cost airline in Europe. The turnover in 2009 was in excess of NOK 7.3 billion. Norwegian currently operates 54 aircraft on 240 routes to 94 destinations and employs approximately 2 000 people.

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