- Award marks company’s largest wheel and brake upgrade for a Latin American airline to date
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (Aug. 23, 2021) – Copa Airlines, the second-largest 737 aircraft operator in Latin America, 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 Cory May, general manager, Aftermarket Landing Systems for Collins Aerospace. “We’re proud to partner with Copa on this program 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.”
“As one of the largest airlines in Latin America operating many long-haul flights on our Boeing 737-800, we need wheels and brakes that are dependable and a service provider with a worldwide support network we can count on,” said Rafael Samudio, vice president, Technical Operations for Copa Airlines. “Collins provides us not only both, but also with an opportunity to improve in our cost control efforts.”
Collins’ 737NG brake features the company’s advanced DURACARB® carbon friction material that delivers an average 35 percent 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 improved thermal oxidation protection and resistance to damaging runway deicers. Collins wheels and carbon brakes have been selected on more than 3,000 737NG and 737 MAX aircraft to date.
About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.
About Copa Airlines
Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings (NYSE: CPA), is a leading passenger and cargo airline in Latin America. Operating for more than 70 years, it has established the Hub of the Americas in Panama City as the continent’s leading hub. It has one of the industry’s newest and most modern fleets of Boeing 737-800 NG and Boeing 737 MAX9, serving countries across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, and consistently delivers on-time performance of above 90%, among the best in the industry worldwide. To plan your travel and manage your reservations, securely buy tickets in six currencies, use Web Check-in, print boarding passes and find information about travel policies and immigration requirements, visit www.copaair.com/.