TOKYO (February 12, 2019) -- Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) today announced it has received certification from Boeing for its radial tires to be used as the main tires on the 737 MAX 9. The tires will be released in countries around the world. Bridgestone also produces radial tires for the 737 MAX 8.

As aircraft tires perform under extreme condition, tire manufacturers must have comprehensive and sophisticated technological capabilities. Aircraft tires must have the durability required to withstand harsh operating conditions, supporting and enduring the heavy weight and high speed of the aircraft while being exposed to repeated takeoffs and landings. These tires also need to be light in order to improve fuel efficiency during flight. The tires for the 737 MAX employ Bridgestones Revolutionarily Reinforced Radial (RRR)*1 structure to accomplish the technologically difficult feat of achieving both high durability and light weight. In addition, it applies a tread compound using Bridgestones NanoPro-Tech™*2 material technology to realize superior abrasion resistance. Bridgestone will continue to expand its technology to contribute to improved fuel efficiency and greater economic benefits for aircraft operations.

Boeing 737 MAX 9*3

Bridgestones New Radial tire for the Boeing 737 MAX 9

Bridgestones lineup of tires for 737 MAX are detailed in the table below.

Aircraft Application Tire Size Ply Rating Speed Rating (mph)
737 MAX 8 Main tires H44.5 x 16.5R21 30 235
737 MAX 9 Main tires H44.5 x 16.5R21 32 235
737 MAX 8/9 Nose tires 27 x 7.75R15 12 235

The Bridgestone Groups Aircraft Tire Solutions business combines both new and retread tires*4, with services to deliver solutions for the issues faced by both aircraft manufacturers and airlines. Bridgestone leverages its strengths of new, retread tires and service networks and will continue to work together with aircraft manufacturers and airlines to create new value which ensures safe and secure aircraft operation.

About Bridgestone Corporation:
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

May 30, 2019