Singapore Airlines selects Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s A350 XWB carbon brakes

Vélizy, September 29, 2011

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) has been selected by Singapore Airlines for the supply of the wheels and carbon brakes for its Airbus A350 XWB fleet. This selection confirms Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's leading position in Asia for the A350 XWB market segment.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is offering a new generation carbon brake for the A350 XWB. Its optimized design offers quicker cooling and better energy absorption on braking, which translates into faster turnaround times and higher fleet availability for operators. Other benefits include a lower parts count to increase reliability and reduce weight. It uses the Sepcarb®III OR (oxidation resistant) carbon composite material, already chosen for nearly half of the global fleet of commercial jets and simply the best carbon available on the market.

This brake is "eco-designed", using the latest non-polluting manufacturing and surface treatment technologies, both at Messier-Bugatti-Dowty and the company's subcontractors.

Alain Sauret, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, said: "We are delighted with this selection by Singapore Airlines, which will surely pave the way for more orders on this landmark aircraft program. This new success with one of the world's leading airlines, already a major customer of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, confirms their recognition of our quality and confidence in our products."

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is the world's N°1 supplier of carbon brakes. On the Airbus A350-800 and -900 it will also supply all main landing gear, as well as steering, landing gear extension/retraction and braking systems.


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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