Radial tire on newest large cabin-long range business jet
GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 22, 2013) –Michelin Aircraft Tire has announced it will be providing a MICHELIN ® AIR X ® radial tire fitment for Dassault’s newest large cabin long range business jet, the Falcon 5X.
“Michelin is proud to have been selected by Dassault as its official partner and the sole source supplier on the new Falcon 5X aircraft,” said Mathias Kratzsch, Michelin Aircraft Tire Company’s Director of Marketing and Sales. “Michelin is committed to providing innovation and safety. Our radial tires with the NZG (Near Zero Growth) technology are designed to provide a long tire life and exceptional performance.
As innovation leaders, Michelin introduced the world’s first radial aircraft tire in 1981on the Dassault Mirage fighter. Michelin is a trusted partner for original equipment manufacturers and equips over half of all new general aviation aircraft. The MICHELIN ® Air X ® is offered in more radial sizes than all other aircraft tire brands combined, including 12 sizes for business jets.
In business aviation, reliability is one of the most important factors, because it allows operators to reduce their aircraft maintenance costs. NZG radial technology offers the following comparative advantages versus bias-ply technology
- Up to 50% more FOD resistance, with an optimized tread design for cut resistance and an extra strong carcass to restrict tire growth thereby improving safety and increasing treadlife.
- Up to a 40% reduction in weight compared with a cross-ply tire, which translates into significant fuel savings for airlines.
- Up to a 50% increase in the number of landings compared with a cross-ply tire, which means less maintenance downtime for aircraft manufacturers.
About Michelin Aviation
MICHELIN® Aircraft Tires supplies bias tires, radial tires, and tubes for aviation clients around the world in a range of applications, including commercial and regional airlines, general aviation and military aviation. For more information please visit www.airmichelin.com.
About Michelin North America
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. Since 1989, Michelin has received 80 J.D. Power tire customer satisfaction awards—five times the number of all other tire manufacturers combined. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.