By Dr. Cameron Chai
Goodrich has been chosen to provide carbon brakes, wheels, comprehensive asset management and MRO services to Southwest Airlines’ new fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The delivery of the first aircraft was in March, 2012.
DURACARB carbon heat sink material is utilized in Goodrich's 737 next generation carbon brakes and offers excellent brake performance. This material provides a 35% brake life benefit, when compared to other components. The carbon brakes and wheels of Goodrich show a weight reduction of around 318 kg per aircraft when compared to the high-potential steel brakes.
According to Jim Wharton, Goodrich Aircraft Wheels and Brakes’ VP of sales and program management, unique added values are provided by the company’s asset management services and MRO network to Southwest's operational quality. Goodrich is delighted that Southwest has chosen the brakes and wheels for its new fleet of 737to 800 aircraft.
Jeff Jackson, sr. buyer of Southwest Airlines stated that Southwest received the ideal competitive solution from Goodrich. Southwest selected Goodrich for its considerable weight savings, higher product reliability, excellent brake life, and its own service center network to handle the brake and wheel assets.
Texas-based Southwest Airlines started servicing customers with three Boeing 737 aircraft that serves Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Goodrich provides services and systems defense, aerospace and homeland security markets across the world.