UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected to supply wheels and brakes for eight Asian airlines: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines and Sichuan Airlines—along with multiple Hainan Airlines Holding Co., Ltd. affiliated airlines. In addition, the company has also signed a landing gear MRO agreement with Singapore Airlines for its A380 aircraft.
Taken together, the selections include more than 550 aircraft and represent more than $250 million in new business for UTC Aerospace Systems. The announcement builds on the $56 million in wheel and brake selections the company announced at the Dubai Air Show in November, and the $180 million in wheel and brake selections it announced at the Paris Air Show in June.
UTC Aerospace Systems wheels and brakes are widely used across the commercial aviation industry, having already amassed more than 17 million brake landings in service on the Boeing Next-Generation 737 and approximately 85 million brake landings in service on the Airbus A320ceo platform. The company’s brake systems include its proprietary Duracarb carbon friction material, which allows for an average 35 percent longer brake life over competing carbon materials. This extended brake life helps airlines decrease maintenance time, thereby realizing cost savings as a result. For the 737 MAX and A320neo platforms, the 35 percent wear-rate advantage that Duracarb brakes provide translates to roughly 500 to 700 additional landings, or approximately six additional months, between brake overhauls.
To accommodate the growth of its wheel and brake business in Asia, the company has doubled the size of its Hong Kong wheel and brake MRO facility, moving to a new, 66,000-square foot location and outfitting it with state-of-the-art equipment. In 2017, the site serviced more than 19,000 wheels, brakes and heat sinks for 54 different airlines.
“At UTC Aerospace Systems, we are committed to investing in the Asia Pacific region to ensure we are delivering superior service to our customers as they continue to experience rapid growth,” said Landing Systems President Jim Wharton. “By increasing our MRO capabilities in Asia and continuing to provide best-in-class products, we will help our customers reduce maintenance costs, while enhancing operational efficiency.”