The Flight Radial aviation tire from Goodyear has been selected for the Airbus A321XLR aircraft, which is due to enter service next year. The tire has already received system part certification from Airbus.
The ultra-lightweight tire has been developed to deliver dimensional stability for an extended service life and enhanced durability to cuts and its radial construction supports an increased number of landings.
Goodyear’s featherweight aluminum core bead technology reduces the tire’s overall weight. Other technologies implemented by the manufacturer include Merged Cord technology, which consists of DuPont Kevlar wound with nylon to improve strength and further reduce weight. This also decreases casing growth for additional damage resistance and wear resistance to enhance tread life. Goodyear’s DiamondWeave belt technology also features, with specialized cord placement to optimize the Flight Radial’s treadwear characteristics.
“We are pleased to have been selected by Airbus to provide tires for its new A321XLR,” said Octavian Velcan, managing director OTR and aviation EMEA, Goodyear. “Our main objective when designing this product was finding a balance between the required robustness and keeping the tire as light as possible. We achieve this in close collaboration with Airbus and delivered an optimized bead design and aerospace-quality materials to meet their business needs.”