Collins Aerospace to retrofit wheels and brakes on Copa Airlines’ 737NG fleet

Copa Airlines has selected Collins Aerospace to retrofit its fleet of 737NG aircraft with new wheels and carbon brakes.

The award marks the largest wheel and carbon brake upgrade Collins has ever performed for a Latin American airline.

“To proactively prepare for the airline industry’s recovery, Copa opted to upgrade its 737NG fleet to the Collins wheel and brake due to its superior brake life and overall lower cost of ownership,” said Collins Aerospace’s general manager, aftermarket landing systems Cory May.

“We’re proud to partner with Copa on this programme and pleased to now supply carbon wheels and brakes for its entire fleet of 737 aircraft, including the 737 MAX. Collins is excited to continue supporting Copa on its path to becoming one of the largest operators in Latin America.”

Copa Airlines’ vice president, technical operations Rafael Samudio commented: “As one of the largest airlines in Latin America operating many long-haul flights on our 737-800, we need wheels and brakes that are dependable and a service provider with a worldwide support network we can count on. Collins provides us not only both, but also with an opportunity to improve in our cost control efforts.”

Collins’ 737NG brake features its ‘DURACARB’ carbon friction material that the company says delivers “an average 35 per cent longer brake life over competing carbon materials, allowing for decreased maintenance time and increased cost savings”.

The 737NG brake also includes Collins’ ‘HTx’ oxidation protection system, providing thermal oxidation protection and resistance to damaging runway deicers.

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