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Bridgestone to get Approval for A340-500/-600

Airbus has approved
Bridgestone main tires
for A340-500/-600.

A340-600

Tokyo (July 7, 2006)--Bridgestone Corporation obtained the final approval for A340-500/-600 main tires from Airbus on July 4, 2006. At the same time, EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) approved the modification to certify Bridgestone tire Part No. APR06912 for A340-500/-600 main and center landing gear. The tire has been certified as fully mixable with other qualified part numbers.

Bridgestone has already been supplying Airbus with its original equipment tires for this model in addition to other ones in accordance with the specifications indicated by airlines in ordering aircraft. The tire is of course available for replacement tires for this model as well.

The tire is the Bridgestone's first radial tire to which its new technology is applied, that is "Revolutionarily Reinforced Radial". On A380 which Airbus is developing, same tire is installed for its main landing gear.

In addition, Bridgestone nose tire Part No. APR06800 is also already available both for original equipment and replacement tires for this model.

Here below are the main specifications of Bridgestone tires for A340-500/-600.

Main (Part No. APR06912)

Size 1400x530R23
Ply Rating 40PR
Speed Rating 235MPH
Rated Load 74,950 Lbs
Max. Guaranteed Weight 121.3 Kg
Construction Revolutionarily Reinforced Radial (New Technology Radial Tire)
Certification CAB (Japan), FAA (USA), EASA (Europe)

Nose (Part No. APR06800)

Size 45x18.0R17
Ply Rating 36PR
Speed Rating 235MPH
Rated Load 50,300 Lbs
Max. Guaranteed Weight 82.0 Kg
Certification CAB (Japan), FAA (USA), EASA (Europe)

Bridgestone manufactures new aircraft tires at its Kurume Plant in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It operates aircraft tire retreading plants at another site in Japan and in the United States, Belgium and Hong Kong. Bridgestone provides airlines with seamless, global support for all of their product and maintenance needs in tires.

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest manufacturer of tires and other rubber products. Tires account for 80 percent of Bridgestone Group sales worldwide. The company also manufactures industrial rubber and chemical products, sporting goods, and other diversified products. It sells its tires and other products in more than 150 nations.