Just a bit Wide

  • 10-Jul-2008 02:34 EDT

Spirit Europe, the U.K.-based European headquarters of Spirit AeroSystems Inc., signed a contract with Airbus to design and produce a major wing structure for the A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) program. Spirit will design and assemble the wing leading-edge structure primarily at its European facility in Prestwick, Scotland. The composite front spar will be built at Spirit’s recently announced facility in Kinston, NC, with composite subassemblies being manufactured at Spirit Malaysia in Subang, near the capital of Kuala Lumpur. The structure, incorporating advanced technology, will be made of about 50% carbon fiber and will measure 32 m long. The contract further increases Spirit’s involvement on the A350 XWB; the company recently announced that it will design and build the large composite center fuselage section in a newly constructed facility in North Carolina. In addition, Spirit has reached an agreement worth $1.7 billion with Airbus to extend its existing contract to supply leading and trailing edges and other wing structures on the Airbus A319, A320, and A321 range assembled in the U.K. from 2011 until 2015.

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