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Bridgestone to get approval for Boeing 787-8What's New

Bridgestone to get approval for Boeing 787-8

Boeing has approved
Bridgestone main and nose tires designs
for its newly developed 787-8.

Tokyo (February 19, 2007)--Bridgestone Corporation obtained the final design approval for Boeing 787-8 tires from Boeing. Approval for the main tire design came on January 2, 2007 and nose tire design acceptance happened on October 18, 2006.

Bridgestone had already been awarded as a sole supplier for original equipment tires for all series of this newly developed 787 family and will start to supply Boeing with its tires firstly for 787-8--the first model of a series of 787 family to be delivered to airlines--for factory installation based on this approval as per Boeing production plan. These tires are of course available for replacement tires for this model as well.

On the main tire, Bridgestone's new technology for radial tire is applied, that is "Revolutionarily Reinforced Radial".

Here below are the main specifications of Bridgestone tires for Boeing 787-8.

Main (Part No. APR07642)

Size 50x20.0R22
Ply Rating 34
Speed Rating (MPH) 235
Rated Load Lbs. 61,525
Tire Weight Avg. Lbs. 218.9
Construction Revolutionarily Reinforced Radial (New Technology Radial Tire)
Certification CAB (Japan), FAA (USA), EASA (Europe)

Nose (Part No. APR06700)

Size 40x16.0R16
Ply Rating 26
Speed Rating (MPH) 235
Rated Load Lbs. 31,475
Tire Weight Avg. Lbs. 114.0
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.