GREENVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 28, 2013) — Michelin Aircraft Tire will supply Air X radial tires for Dassault Falcon Jet Corp.'s newest large-cabin long-range business jet, the Falcon 5X.
The tire maker cited the following advantages for the near zero-growth technology that the Air X incorporates:
• Up to 50-percent more resistance to foreign object damage, with an optimized tread design for cut resistance and an extra strong carcass to restrict tire growth, thereby improving safety and increasing tread life;
• Up to a 40-percent reduction in weight compared with a cross-ply tire, which the company said translates to significant fuel savings for airlines; and
• Up to a 50-percent increase in the rated number of landings compared with a cross-ply tire, resulting in less maintenance downtime for aircraft manufacturers.
Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. is part of France-based Dassault Group.
This report appeared on the website of European Rubber Journal, a UK-based sister publication of Tire Business.