Boeing chooses Michelin for latest 737
Michelin will supply radial aircraft tyres to the upcoming version of the Boeing 737 after its selection as an original equipment supplier for the model. The 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 8, scheduled to enter service in 2017 and 2019, will both be fitted with Michelin aircraft radials featuring NZG (Near Zero Growth) technology.
Under the contract with Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Michelin will develop and certify its latest generation aircraft radials for exclusive supply to 737 MAX final assembly. The tyres will also be certified for sale to airline operators in the aftermarket. Current combined orders for the 737 MAX 7 and 8 stand at more than 1,300 units.
“Michelin is very proud to have been selected by Boeing for its future generation of the 737 family.” said Bob Pointon, Michelin Aircraft Tire Company’s director of original equipment. “Michelin is committed to innovation and to creating cost saving solutions for its customers. Our radial tyres with NZG technology are designed to provide long, durable tyre life and to reduce customer TCO.”
When compared with cross-ply aircraft tyres, Michelin says its NZG radial technology has been proven to offer up to 50 per cent more foreign object damage resistance, and a more than 20 per cent reduction in weight, up to a 100 per cent increase in the number of landings.