Messier-Bugatti wins another major wheels and carbon brake contract for Boeing Next-Generation 737 twinjets

Vélizy, April 13, 2011

Messier-Bugatti has won a major contract to supply wheels and carbon brakes on Boeing Next-Generation 737 commercial airplanes for Copa Airlines, a leading carrier in Latin America.

The agreement covers a total of 86 aircraft, either new or for retrofit.

"The determining factor in our selection of Messier-Bugatti carbon brake is the substantial weight savings offered versus the competition. In addition, these brakes demonstrate excellent endurance, standing up to the strains of operations at high altitudes and on the short runways that are common in Latin America," said Ahmad Zamany, Vice President of Technical Operations at Copa Airlines.

Messier-Bugatti's carbon brakes provide weight savings of up to 700 pounds per aircraft compared to conventional steel brakes, and also feature greater endurance – more than 2,200 landings per overhaul.

With this latest contract, Messier-Bugatti's carbon brakes order book totals 582 Next-Generation 737 aircraft from 18 airlines.

Alain Sauret, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti, added: "We are delighted that a benchmark carrier such as Copa Airlines has entrusted us with the carbon brake contract for its growing Next-Generation 737 fleet. Our brakes have largely demonstrated their superiority in terms of fuel savings, reduced maintenance costs and increased payload."

Messier-Bugatti is the world's N° 1 supplier of carbon brakes for aircraft, outselling the competition for Next-Generation 737 carbon brakes by seven to one.


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 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 and reinvests more than 15% of these revenues in Research & Development. Messier-Bugatti is certified to ISO 14001.

Copa Holdings, through its operating subsidiaries Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia (formerly Aero Republica), is a leading Latin American commercial aviation provider of passenger and cargo service. Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia currently offer more than 160 daily flights to 53 destinations in 25 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through the Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama. To make reservations or seat selection, enter OnePass numbers, create a trip log, print boarding passes and pay for tickets via secure transactions in ten different currencies ,visit

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