Norwegian Air Shuttle receives its first 737-800 equipped with EASA-certified Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes

Paris, France, 6 October 2010

Norwegian Air Shuttle received its first two Boeing Next Generation 737-800s equipped with Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes, recently certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency. This is the first of 42 new airplanes to be delivered and 24 additional retrofits.

Norwegian Air Shuttle Technical Director Bjørn Ivar Aarseth declared, "Our selection of Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes is a cost-effective and environmentally-sound braking choice for our 737 fleet. The substantial weight savings versus steel brakes directly translates into reduced fuel consumption, C02 emissions and more efficient operations."

Alain Sauret, Chairman & CEO of Messier-Bugatti, added, "We are very pleased that Norwegian Air Shuttle has placed its confidence in our carbon brakes for its New Generation 737 fleet. In addition to this valuable launch customer, EASA certification opens the gate to deliveries to our other European customers. We look forward to expanding that base with proven, environmentally-responsible products that reduce airline operating costs."

Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes weigh 700 pounds (320 kgs) less than high capacity steel brakes for Next-Generation 737-700, -800 and 900ER (extended range) airplanes, and 550 pounds (250kgs) less than standard capacity steel brakes for Next-Generation 737-600s and -700s. In addition, carbon brakes ensure increased endurance, extending the brake life to more than 2,000 landings between overhauls.

Messier-Bugatti also offers a single brake model for the entire Next Generation 737 family, facilitating airline maintenance and reducing inventory costs.

Messier-Bugatti is the world leader in this segment, holding 46% of the carbon brake market for commercial jets over 100 seats. To date, Messier-Bugatti has received carbon brake orders for a total of 233 new Boeing Next Generation 737 airplanes and 95 retrofits.

Messier-Bugatti is the first braking supplier to earn this certification for its Next Generation 737 carbon brakes in North America and Europe. The EASA certification follows FAA certification obtained in July 2008.

- Press release

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