ABSC's early involvement in regional jets has established it as a major supplier
of wheels, brakes and brake control systems in this, the fastest growth sector
of the industry. Airlines are now offering more jet service point-to-point,
linking smaller cities rather than connecting through a major airport hub.
Independent analysts predict deliveries of 2,505 regional jets between 2001
continues to be the leader in the regional aircraft sector,
with equipment on 40 percent of turbojet and turboprop powered
transportation. ABSC is the supplier to Bombardier of Canada
for wheels and brakes on its regional jets. Recent ABSC equipped
aircraft delivered to customers around the world included
126 of the successful 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ regional
jets and 22 of the 70-seat CRJ-700. Bombardier is also developing
the 86-seat CRJ-900, to be equipped with an ABSC total braking
is developing the wheels and carbon brakes for Embraer's
newest aircraft family, the first of which, the 70-passenger
Embraer 170, achieved its first flight in February 2002.
Embraer reports 112 firm orders and 212 options for Embraer
series aircraft that includes four models and range in size
from 70-passenger to 108-passenger. These airplanes will
use our NuCarb™ material in their brakes; the "next
generation" of carbon that we expect will lead the industry
in braking performance.
2001, 13 new Airbus A320/A321 aircraft using ABSC components
were delivered, bringing ABSC's A320/A321 fleet to a total
of 126 aircraft. Wheel and brake equipment is also available
on all Boeing MD-80 models, while the Boeing MD-90 has a
total braking system from ABSC. ABSC hardware is also found
on the complete family of Fokker aircraft from the Fokker
27 through the Fokker 100.
Over 210 new business aircraft equipped with ABSC products were delivered in
2001, 190 of them business jets. Delivered aircraft included models from most
major business aircraft manufacturers, including Bombardier Learjet models
31A and 60, Challenger CL604, Dassault Falcon 50EX, Gulfstream G100, G200 and
GIV-SP and Raytheon Beech 400A, 1900 and King Air.
next-generation Falcon 7X family of long-range business jets
will feature ABSC brakes with NuCarb™ heatsink material,
which is expected to provide the best performance in the
product development for the next-generation Gulfstream-IV
proceeded on schedule, with hardware and software qualification
and validation testing initiated in early 2002. ABSC products
for this aircraft will join a large fleet of Gulfstream aircraft
currently in service with ABSC products: the GI, GII, GIIB,
GIII, GIV, GIV-SP, G100 and G200.
ABSC has a large in-service fleet of approximately 12,000 military aircraft
worldwide, requiring regular inventory replenishments, upgrades and modernization
activities to improve readiness and support rapid deployment. An increasing
share of defense spending is being allocated to the operation and maintenance
of existing aircraft systems.
products go into a broad mix of fighter, cargo, helicopter
and special purpose aircraft, with many experiencing increased
use during 2001. Orders rose by 85 percent due to increased
military activity and spending.
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