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ATSG selects Safran’s wheels and carbon brakes for the retrofit of its Boeing 767 cargo aircraft fleet


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Ed Koharik, Chief Operating Officer of ATSG and Cédric Goubet, Chief Executive Officer of Safran Landing Systems.

MRO Americas, Dallas, Texas, April 27, 2022

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), the world’s largest lessor of freighter aircraft and leading provider of air cargo transportation services based in Wilmington, Ohio, has selected Safran Landing Systems for the retrofit of more than thirty Boeing 767 freighters operated by the company’s subsidiary airlines. This transition to Safran’s wheels and carbon brakes allows ATSG to operate with a common wheel and brake configuration across its operating fleet of freighter aircraft with carbon brakes.

As part of this long-term agreement, Safran Landing Systems will supply ATSG with the on-wing shipsets, the initial provisioning spares, the piece parts and carbon heat sink exchanges, and will perform the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of their carbon brakes.

Safran Landing Systems' 767 equipment will be manufactured in its state-of-the-art wheels and brakes production factory in Walton, (Kentucky, USA), while the brake MRO services will be carried out by Safran Landing Systems Wheels & Brakes Repair & Services, through its network of five repair shops (Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Miami (Florida), Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), Las Vegas (Nevada) and Grand Prairie (Texas).

Safran Landing Systems’ carbon brakes deliver a competitive weight advantage, a longer endurance, as well as an increased reliability compared with the competing product, providing ATSG, its airlines and its customers with an improvement in performance and a reduction in operating costs. The Safran repairs shops are staffed with highly skilled wheels and brakes specialists, ensuring reliable, responsive and cost-effective services to support ATSG’s operations.

Ed Koharik, Chief operating officer of ATSG, said: “This decision is the result of our strategic focus on continuous improvement, leveraging our scale, and securing key partners to support our growing fleet. This relationship with Safran Landing Systems further enhances ATSG’s ability to deliver industry-leading service to our customers.” 

Nicolas Potier, Executive Vice President, Wheels & Brakes Division, Safran Landing Systems, added: "We are enthusiastic with ATSG’s decision to entrust Safran Landing Systems with the supply of carbon wheels and brakes. This new long-term partnership with a major US cargo operator is a huge milestone for our company, reinforcing our position of carbon brakes world leader in the fast-growing Boeing 767 freighter market.”

This contract also benefit from Landing LifeTM, the support and services offer, which covers all Safran Landing Systems' after-sales business.

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,800 employees and sales of 15.3 billion euros in 2021 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. The company has partnerships with 20 airframers in civil, regional, commercial and military transport, and supports 27,000 aircraft.

For further details: www.safran-group.com / Follow @Safran and @SafranLandingS on Twitter.

Air Transport Services Group is a leading provider of aircraft leasing and cargo and passenger air transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their cargo and passenger air lift requirements. ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the world's largest lessor of freighter aircraft as well as the largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighters. Through its principal subsidiaries, including three airlines with separate and distinct U.S. FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, passenger ACMI and charter services, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services. ATSG's subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc.; Airborne Global Solutions, Inc.; Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc., including its subsidiary, Pemco World Air Services, Inc.; Air Transport International, Inc.; Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc.; and Omni Air International, LLC. For more information, please see www.atsginc.com.

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