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Boeing Next-Generation 737 carbon brakes earn FAA certification

k64511-06_smAug. 5, 2008, Seattle - Boeing has announced that it earned certification last week from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for its new carbon brakes designed for the Next-Generation 737.


August 5, 2008
By Administrator

k64511-06_smAug. 5, 2008, Seattle – Boeing has announced that it earned
certification last week from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
for its new carbon brakes designed for the Next-Generation 737.

The brakes, supplied by Messier-Bugatti, also entered service last week
when Boeing delivered a Next-Generation 737-700 to Delta Air Lines —
the first of 10 737-700s the airline will receive over the next several
years.

Carbon brakes weigh 700 pounds (320 kg) less than high-capacity steel
brakes for Next-Generation 737-700, -800 and -900ER (Extended Range)
airplanes; and 550 pounds (250 kg) less than standard-capacity steel
brakes for Next-Generation 737-600s and -700s. Reduced weight
contributes to reductions in associated fuel burn and CO2 emissions
depending on airline operations.

Delta Air Lines is coupling lighter-weight carbon brakes with drag- and
emissions-reducing Blended Winglets (wing tip extensions) to improve
operating and fuel efficiency simultaneously on its Next-Generation
737s. Delta's stated goal is to have greater flexibility to serve more
markets with existing aircraft, further enhancing the largest
international expansion in Delta's history.

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Carbon brakes are the most recent enhancement that Boeing is offering
on its Next-Generation 737. Since its entry into service, Boeing has
introduced product enhancements that improve performance, navigation
precision and passenger comfort on the Next-Generation 737.