Southwest Airlines has selected Goodrich to provide carbon brakes, wheels and maintenance, repair and overhaul services on its new fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Goodrich's 737 Next Generation carbon brake offers a 35% brake life advantage over its competition, the manufacturer says.

The company adds that the wheels and carbon brakes provide a weight savings of approximately 700 pounds (318kg) per aircraft compared to high capacity steel brakes.

The first of Southwest's new 737-800 fleet was delivered in March 2012.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news