Virgin Atlantic taps UTC Aerospace for 787-9 wheels, brakes

North Carolina, USA-based aerospace and defence firm UTC Aerospace Systems said it has been selected by UK-based carrier Virgin Atlantic Airways to supply the wheels, carbon brakes and MRO services for its fleet of 16 new Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787-9 aircraft.

The company will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business in Troy, Ohio. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in September 2014. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

According to UTC, the 787-9 carbon brakes use proprietary Duracarb carbon heat sink material. The Curacarb carbon provides a 35% brake life advantage over competitive products, producing significant cost savings for operators, UTC said.

Virgin Atlantic Airways operates over 40 Airbus and Boeing wide-bodied jets to over 36 destinations worldwide between the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. It is the UK´s second-largest long-haul airline.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries.

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