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GOODYEAR LANDS TIRE BUSINESS WITH BOEING 777

 GOODYEAR LANDS TIRE BUSINESS WITH BOEING 777
 ATLANTA, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In this radial tire age, things


are flying high for bias-ply aircraft tires.
 Although a limited number of radial aircraft tires will be installed on Boeing's new 777 commercial transport, a subsidiary of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: GT) said substantial weight savings will give bias-ply tires the dominant share of the 777's business as standard equipment.
 The selection of Goodyear's 49-inch bias-ply tires was announced here today by Joseph M. Gingo, chairman and chief executive officer of Air Treads, Inc. of Atlanta, a wholly-owned unit of Goodyear.
 Boeing engineers said the selection of a bias tire for the 777 permits the use of a lighter weight wheel design, increasing the total available weight-savings.
 Computer-design technology is used to optimize tire shape and assure durability while reducing tire weight, Gingo said.
 "The future for radial aircraft tires is bright," said Gingo, "but radials have not yet surpassed what bias tires offer in terms of weight-savings, retreadability and operating costs."
 A long-term agreement between the two companies calls for development of multiple ply ratings of the tire for use on the basic 777 and on two other models of the aircraft.
 The new 32-ply version of the tire, which can save approximately 650 pounds per aircraft over the current production tire, also will become standard equipment on the Boeing 747-400 under a development contract awarded to Goodyear.
 Goodyear has been the original equipment supplier on the 747-400 aircraft since 1988.
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 /CONTACT: Doc Pingree of Goodyear, 216-796-4994/
 (GT) CO: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company ST: Georgia IN: AIR SU: PDT


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