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Flydubai awards $22m order to Goodrich.

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Dubai budget airline flydubai has selected Goodrich Corporation to supply wheels and carbon brakes for its new fleet of 54 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft in a $22 million order, which includes aftermarket support.

Aircraft deliveries with the Goodrich wheel and brake equipment are expected to begin in March 2010 and continue through 2013.

The wheels and carbon brakes will use Goodrich's proprietary Duracarb carbon material, which will provide a weight savings of approximately 700 pounds (318 kg) per airplane compared to high capacity steel brakes, and 550 pounds (250 kg) compared to standard capacity steel brakes.

'Selection of Goodrich advanced lightweight wheels and carbon brakes will improve the operational performance of flydubai's new Next-Generation 737 fleet,' said Jim Wharton, vice president of sales and program management for Goodrich Aircraft Wheels and Brakes.

'Duracarb carbon brake product will increase our brake removal intervals and significantly reduce the weight of the aircraft in service, thus enabling us to lower our operating costs. We will also enjoy the added benefit of fewer emissions due to the significant weight savings the Goodrich wheels and brakes bring to our Next-Generation 737 fleet,' added Ghaith al Ghaith, chief of flydubai.

Owned by the government of Dubai, flydubai is Dubai's first low cost airline and started commercial flights on June 1, 2009. The airline currently has a fleet of five Next-Generation B737-800 aircraft and operates to eight routes, making it one of the fastest growing start-up airlines in the world.

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defence and homeland security markets.- TradeArabia News Service

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Publication:TradeArabia (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 16, 2009
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