2008-05-11 - Spirit für A350 XWBSpirit AeroSystems builds A350 XWB fuselage section
Airbus vergibt A350-Auftrag an US-Firma<br /> Spirit AeroSystems announced it has 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 that will be approximately 65 feet long, 20 feet wide and weigh nearly 9,000 pounds. "Partnering with Airbus on the A350 XWB is a significant step in our company's history," said Jeff Turner, Spirit President and CEO. "It highlights our focus on creating long-term value for Spirit shareholders by growing our company with new customers."
To accommodate this and other new work packages, Spirit announced plans to expand its operations with a new facility in Lenoir County, North Carolina, near the city of Kinston. "To meet the demand for new aircraft, Spirit is establishing a design, fabrication and assembly plant in eastern North Carolina," said Turner. "Investing in additional facilities at this time assures we will be competitive and will be able to retain our position as a top Tier 1 supplier to Airbus and other aerospace companies around the world." Spirit and the State of North Carolina have reached an agreement to begin implementation of a multi-phased project to create a Composites Manufacturing Center for aircraft parts and assemblies in North Carolina. A new facility will be constructed in North Carolina's Global TransPark to accommodate new work packages, and will house both design and build processes. It will initially employ 500 people, with plans to grow employment to 1,000 when all five phases are fully implemented. The project was facilitated by a package of state and local incentives. "The State of North Carolina met our requirements for financial incentives, a strong industrial base, and expanded labor force requirements," added Turner.
Construction of the new facility in North Carolina 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.