CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Spring Airlines Japan to supply the wheels and carbon brakes for its new fleet of 20 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. The company will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business in Troy, Ohio. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in April, 2013. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The 737 Next Generation carbon brakes use proprietary DURACARB® carbon heat sink material. The DURACARB® carbon provides exceptional brake performance and a 35 percent brake life advantage over competitive products, producing significant cost savings for operators. The wheels and carbon brakes provide a weight savings of approximately 700 pounds (318 kg) per aircraft compared to high capacity steel brakes.
"This agreement, which includes full carbon brake MRO services performed at our Hong Kong service center, demonstrates Spring Airlines' confidence in our track record of providing great products and services with the lowest total cost of ownership," said Cory May, vice president of commercial programs, Wheels & Brakes.
"UTC Aerospace Systems' ability to offer the perfect full carbon brake service solution was a significant factor in our supplier selection," stated Liu Haijun, director of maintenance and engineering, Spring Airlines Japan. "The seamless MRO support and lowest total cost of ownership will enable us to maintain our core business model. We look forward to superior customer focus and exceptional brake life on our new 737NG fleet."Spring Airlines Japan is a newly established Japanese subsidiary of Spring Airlines, the first and now the largest low-cost carrier in China. Spring Airlines Japan is based in Tokyo and will expand Spring Airlines' international presence. Headquartered in Shanghai, Spring Airlines currently operates domestic and international passenger services on over 50 routes covering a network of more than 30 cities across China, Japan and Thailand. As a leader in China's domestic travel market, Spring Airlines core business model includes low-cost fares and a strong focus on innovation, safety and efficiency. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.
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