Safran Group announced that Canadian airline WestJet has chosen wheels and carbon brakes from Safran Landing Systems to outfit its 65 Boeing 737 MAX twinjets, which are now on firm order.

The wheels and carbon brakes for WestJet's 737 MAX airplanes, along with all spare parts and heat sink exchanges, will be supplied by Safran Landing Systems' production facility in Walton, Kentucky (USA).

According to Safran, the Safran Landing Systems was also selected by WestJet to provide full maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for these wheels and brakes. The carbon brake maintenance will be carried out by Safran Landing Systems Wheel & Brake Services, the North American subsidiary of Safran Landing Systems in its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (USA), repair facility, while the wheel maintenance and logistics services will be provided in partnership by Hope Aero Propeller & Components, in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada).

Safran Landing Systems already provides wheels and carbon brakes for WestJet's fleet of Boeing 767 widebody jets. The Canadian airline is expected to take delivery of its first 737 MAX in the second half of 2017.

Canada’s carrier WestJet announced its intention to launch a new, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals.

Following the contract signature, Safran Landing Systems CEO Vincent Mascré said: "Our carbon brake is the ideal choice for the 737 MAX, in terms of cost, efficiency and performance. We are delighted to have once again earned this mark of trust from WestJet. Our customer was able to directly evaluate our equipment reliability and service quality on its Boeing 767 fleet, and we pledge to meet all performance expectations on their upcoming 737 MAX fleet."

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