Spirit strikes a deal

  • 30-Jun-2008 09:47 EDT

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. signed a contract with Airbus to design and produce a major composite fuselage structure for the A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) program. Spirit will design and manufacture the Section 15 center fuselage frame section, a composite structure approximately 65 ft long, 20 ft wide, and nearly 9000 lb. To accommodate this and other new work packages, Spirit announced plans to expand its operations with a new facility in Lenoir County, NC. Spirit has begun implementation of a multi-phased project to create a Composites Manufacturing Center for aircraft parts and assemblies in North Carolina. It will initially employ 500 people, growing to 1000 when all five phases are fully implemented. Construction of the new facility will begin later this year, with operations expected to commence in 2010. Portions of work on the A350 XWB are also planned to be performed at Spirit Wichita and at the new Spirit Malaysia facility, which is expected to be operational in 2009.

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