Firefly selects Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes for its 737 Next-Generation fleet

Sepang, March 22, 2012 – Leading Malaysian airline Firefly has selected Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to supply wheels and carbon brakes for its Boeing Next-Generation 737 fleet. The contract covers a total of 63 Boeing 737-800 twinjets, either new or to be retrofitted.

The operational benefits of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes for this aircraft are clearly proven. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty carbon brakes reduce the weight of each 737-800 by 770 pounds (350 kg) compared to conventional steel brakes, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The new brake also features additional cost savings with a far greater endurance (2,200 landings per overhaul) and three times less maintenance.

"The savings generated by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty carbon brakes directly contribute to reduced operating costs, thus enabling us to pass those savings to our customers while offering them a better product," said Ignatius Ong, Chief Operating Officer for Malaysian Air System Short Haul Operations/Firefly."

Firefly previously made the switch to Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes for its ATR 72-500 turboprop commuter fleet.

Alain Sauret, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, added, "This latest contract for our wheels and carbon brakes clearly bolsters Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's leadership position, attesting to the overall reliability and excellence of our products. In the 737 Next Generation market segment alone, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is outselling the competition by three to one."

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty offers a certified carbon brake for all models in the Boeing Next-Generation 737 family, as original equipment or for retrofit. To date, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has recorded commitments to equip 750 airplanes.

The announcement of this contract falls prior to the prestigious Malaysian F1 Grand Prix race, where Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will also be on the starting line. The company supplies Formula One teams with carbon brake and clutch disks which offer the same reliability, safety and high-temperature endurance as Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's aviation products.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is the world's number one supplier of wheels and carbon brakes, with over 5,000 commercial aircraft equipped.

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About Firefly
Firefly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, began operations in April 2007. Currently, it operates a fleet of 12 ATR 72-500 turboprop out of Penang and Subang, connecting secondary destinations within the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle as well as providing air linkages between Malaysia and Singapore.
Firefly provides incredible value as well as convenient flight timings and excellent service to its passengers. On the ATR 72-500, passengers are allowed 20kg check-in baggage allowance, provided complimentary in-flight refreshment, assigned seating and convenient city airports.
Firefly had also received numerous awards and recognition. The most recent was on November 15, 2011 when Firefly was conferred "Superbrand" status. Other awards received include the 2010 Frost & Sullivan Value Airline of the Year award and the Green Initiative of the Year 2010 award by Leaders in Aviation in conjunction with the Doha Aviation Summit. Firefly is also recognised as the Best Brand in Aviation for the Brand Laureate.
Firefly connects with the world through Facebook and Twitter.

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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