Messier-Bugatti-Dowty: winning services!

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) brings operators tailored maintenance solutions for their landing systems. It is leveraging its worldwide network and OEM* expertise to provide the best value for money.
Airbus A320-200 powered by CFM56-5B

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty a world leader in landing systems, is already supporting 25,000 aircraft worldwide, spanning all types of civil and military airplanes and even helicopters! In September 2014, it completed the acquisition of Hydrep, a maintenance provider that specializes in landing gear, hydraulic systems, wheels and brakes on regional and business aircraft as well as helicopters. "The direction air transport will be heading over the next few years** means we need to step up our operations on the maintenance market," explains Messier-Bugatti-Dowty MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) division director Bruno Chiarelli. He adds, "To stand out, we are banking on global and turnkey solutions harnessing our worldwide network's strength."


Core competencies at Toronto include the design and development of fully integrated landing gear systems that comprise not only the traditional main and nose landing gear components, but ancillary systems such as steering control, landing gear control & indication, emergency control, brake control, wheels, brakes, tires, door mechanisms and electrical harnesses. The manufacture of critical landing gear components remains one of Toronto’s principal activities and the facility also has a state-of-the-art final assembly area where landing gear systems for a variety of aircraft programs are fully assembled and tested prior to delivery to the customer.

A comprehensive range

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty provides an extensive range of services spanning the entire support chain, i.e. scheduled preventive maintenance, solutions at per-landing or per-flight-hour cost, unscheduled repairs, maintenance tooling, turnkey services, and more. Bruno Chiarelli continues, "This all-round solution targets airlines as much as government operators. As we do 80% of our MRO work on landing gears we manufactured, we can track the parts from the time they enter into service. That enhances flight safety and gives us a compelling advantage over our peers, beyond our economic and industrial competitive edge, which remains one of the cornerstones of our business."

This market has embarked on a deep-reaching shift: airlines are outsourcing maintenance on ever larger fleets, and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's tailored and global, OEM and non-OEM solutions put it in a league by itself. This was what swayed British Airways: in 2014, it selected Messier-Bugatti-Dowty as its preferred MRO provider for the year and entrusted it with maintaining its entire A320 fleet for the next decade.


A worldwide network

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty serves its customers through a network of 1,500 professionals at seven maintenance centers around the world (in the United States, Mexico, France, the United Kingdom and Singapore). "The fact that we are right there near our customers means we can provide solutions tailored to their requirements," Bruno Chiarelli says. He rounds up, "We are now looking at stepping up our local presence in Asia and the Middle East, two high-potential areas."


* Original Equipment Manufacturer.

** The worldwide commercial airplane fleet is expected to double in size by 2033, and the worldwide helicopter fleet should grow by 40% over the next 20 years (sources: market surveys by Snecma (Safran) in 2015 and Turbomeca (Safran) in 2014).

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