A first for Michelin – the tyre maker reports that, along with Safran Landing Systems, it conducted a test flight of a connected aircraft tyre. Testing of the PresSense tyre took place at the Istres air base in southern France on 13 June, using a Dassault Aviation Falcon 2000S.
A new Michelin subsidiary has been set up to facilitate the expansion of the company’s activities within China’s aviation segment. Frank Moreau, president of Michelin Aircraft Tyre, describes the establishment of Michelin (Shanghai) Aircraft Tire Trading Co. Ltd (MSAT) as “an important step” for the Michelin’s aviation tyre business in China.
All C Series jets produced by Bombardier are to be exclusively fitted with Michelin Air X aircraft tyres as standard, and the first of new this series, the CS100, took to the air on its maiden commercial flight this week. The flight from Zurich to Paris was made with launch operator Swiss on 15 July.
Boeing Company subsidiary Aviall and Michelin have announced plans to create a global strategic collaboration agreement. According to Michelin, the new agreement will align its aircraft tyre business with Aviall’s global distribution footprint and result in improved logistics and supply chain models. The tyre maker anticipates improved service to FBOs (field-base operators), MROs (maintenance, repair and operations) and fleet operators around the globe.
Beginning in July 2016, Michelin will be the sole source tyre supplier for the main landing gear on the Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range), 777-200LR (Long Range) and the 777 Cargo final assembly line. This range of long-haul aircraft, which can transport 400 passengers on flights covering distances of up to 7370 nautical miles (13,650 kilometres), will be fitted with Michelin’s new-generation Near Zero Growth (NZG) technology radial tyre, the Air X.