The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company this week announced the award of a six-year contract from Boeing Commercial Airplanes to supply new original-equipment aviation tires for the Boeing Next-Generation 737 family of aircraft. Goodyear will supply Flight Leader and Flight Radial tires for the Boeing 737 nose gear and Flight Leader tires for the main gear. The tires deliver low operating cost-per-landing through reduced tire weight and a unique body cord shape that minimizes stress as the tire cycles from tension to compression. Pierre Jambon, general manager for Goodyear global aviation tires, said, “This contract is significant, due to the importance of Boeing 737 aircraft in the world’s airline fleets. “Because of Goodyear’s global footprint, this supply arrangement also allows us to expand our position with replacement tires and tire services,” Jambon said. Major airlines – such as Ryanair, Southwest, AirTran, SkyEurope, AirEuropa, Aeromexico, ANA, AMC, China United Airlines, Continental and Lion Air – will operate their Boeing 737 family aircraft on Goodyear aviation tires, Jambon said. Goodyear manufactures aviation tires in Danville, Va.; Bangkok, Thailand; and Sao Paulo, Brazil; for Boeing, Bombardier, Cirrus, Cessna, Embraer and Gulfstream.