-- Company announces new wheel and brake selections with 15 airlines, including the industry's first wheel and brake selections for the 777-8/-9
-- UTC Aerospace Systems is making critical investments in its global wheel and brake MRO facilities, including a 50 percent expansion of its London Service Center
UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that it has surpassed $565 million in new commercial wheel and brake selections since the beginning of 2018. This encompasses more than 875 firm scheduled aircraft deliveries across 15 airlines, and multiple Boeing and Airbus platforms, including:
737NG and 737 MAX
A350-900 and A350-1000
A320ceo and A320neo
Of particular note, this includes the industry's first wheel and brake selections for the 777-8/-9.
UTC Aerospace Systems is making critical investments in its global MRO infrastructure. In London, the company recently relocated to a new, 50,000 square-foot facility that is 50 percent larger than the previous site. The London Service Center is one of six that UTC Aerospace Systems' wheel and brake division maintains around the world, and it serves as the hub for wheel and brake MRO support across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. On average, the London center services 14,000 wheels annually, along with 5,000 heat sinks and 2,500 brakes, for more than 60 airline customers.
Similarly, the company previously announced that it had doubled the size of its Hong Kong wheel and brake MRO facility, moving to a new, 66,000-square foot location. The Hong Kong facility serves as the UTC Aerospace Systems' hub for wheel and brake MRO support across the Asia Pacific region.
"We are investing in the growth and capability of our MRO service center network to ensure we are ready for the expanding fleet of aircraft that operate with our wheels and brakes," said UTC Aerospace Systems Landing Systems President Jim Wharton. "This is in addition to the large investments we made over the past several years to expand our carbon brake disk manufacturing capacity."
UTC Aerospace Systems is an industry leader in wheels and brakes, and the company is known for its patented DURACARB® carbon friction material that delivers an average of 35 percent longer brake life over competing carbon materials, enabling airlines to decrease maintenance time and realize additional cost savings.