Qantas chooses Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes for its Boeing 737 Next-Generation fleet

Farnborough, UK, July 14th, 2014

Australian airline Qantas has chosen Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes for its fleet of Boeing 737 Next-Generation twinjets. The contract covers 30 new aircraft and another 70 to be retrofitted.

With this latest contract, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty consolidates its leadership position in the 737 Next-Generation carbon brake market.

The operational advantages offered by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's carbon brakes on the 737 Next-Generation are well known, especially weight savings of 770 lbs (350 kgs) per aircraft versus steel brakes, which helps reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's carbon brakes also offer far greater endurance (more than 2,200 landings between overhauls) and a three-fold reduction in maintenance costs.
Qantas already benefits from this reliability and performance on other aircraft types, since the heat sink on the carbon brake for the 737 Next-Generation is identical to the one used by MBD carbon brakes that have equipped the airline's Boeing 767 fleet for the last ten years.

Chris Nassenstein, Executive Manager of Qantas Engineering, said, "The decisive factors in our selection were the weight savings and high reliability offered by MBD carbon brakes, along with excellent support services. We are delighted to further cement our partnership with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty."

Vincent Mascré, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, added, "With this major contract, Qantas becomes our largest customer for our 737 Next-Generation brakes in the Asia-Pacific region. We are very pleased that Qantas has continued to express their trust in our expertise."


Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) 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 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 24,000 aircraft making over 40,000 landings every day. The company employs 7,000 staff working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

Qantas is the world's second-oldest airline. Founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, it is Australia's largest domestic and international airline and is recognised as one of the world's leading long-distance carriers, having pioneered services from Australia to North America and Europe. The Qantas Group today employs more than 33,000 people and offers services across a network spanning 206 destinations in 53 countries, including Australia and those served by codeshare partner airlines.
Renowned for its excellence in safety, customer service, operational efficiency and technical innovation, the flying kangaroo is a symbol of contemporary Australia. Customer benefits include a global network, up to four travel classes, a leading loyalty program in Qantas Frequent Flyer, award winning inflight meals and entertainment, airport lounges and strong relationships with partner airlines.

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