Goodyear wins contract to supply tires for new Airbus A321XLR

The Goodyear Flight Radial tire Airbus A321XLR

Goodyear has announced that it has been selected by Airbus to supply the tires for the new A321XLR, which is set to be carrying passengers as of 2024.  

The Airbus A321XLR will be fitted with Goodyear’s Flight Radial Tire, which is one of the company’s most advanced aviation products. 

According to Goodyear the product features “supporting dimensional stability for longer life and increased cut resistance”. 

It’s claimed that the “tire’s radial construction promotes more landings and optimized bead design offers reduced weight”. 

“We are pleased to have been selected by Airbus to provide tires for its new A321XLR,” said Octavian Velcan, managing director of OTR & Aviation EMEA. “Our main objective when designing this product was finding a balance between the required robustness and keeping the tire as light as possible. We achieve this in close collaboration with Airbus and delivered an optimized bead design and aerospace-quality materials to meet their business needs.”   

The company added that the ultra-weight tire has received system part certification from Airbus. 

According to Goodyear, the Flight Radial Tire will bring the A321XLR the following benefits and features: 

Featherweight Aluminum Core Bead Technology – aluminum cord beads contribute to weight saving per tire, while maintaining tire and bead geometry, strength and durability. 

Merged Cord Technology – DuPont Kevlar® wound with nylon, combines to enhance strength and reduce weight. It also decreases casing growth for enhanced resistance to foreign object damage and offers excellent wear resistance for long tread life. 

DiamondWeave Belt Technology – designed to help optimize tire performance: specialized cord placement for optimized treadwear. 

Goodyear has been making tires since 1898 and is celebrating its 125-year anniversary in 2023. 

In March 2023, Airbus warned airlines that the first deliveries of the Airbus A321XLR might be delayed by a few months. 

The XLR is a modification of the A321neo that will offer additional range and more seating capacity. 

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