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Spirit AeroSystems ships its first composite fuselage section panels for Airbus A350 XWB

Spirit AeroSystems Inc., [NYSE: SPR] the world's largest independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components, has shipped the first production composite center fuselage panels for the Airbus A350 XWB program out of its Kinston, N.C., facility. The Section 15 fuselage panels are being sent to Saint-Nazaire, France, where final upper shell assembly will occur.

Section 15 of the fuselage consists of the center composite upper and forward lower shells manufactured by Spirit.

"Our North Carolina team has worked hard to achieve this important milestone," said Dan Wheeler, vice president-general manager, North Carolina business unit. "With help from our customer, we have successfully integrated with Airbus methods, tools, processes and systems. Shipment of these composite fuselage panels represents a significant achievement for Spirit employees as we work with Airbus to meet all their requirements and delivery schedules for the pre-final assembly phase."

Spirit won a contract with Airbus in May 2008 to design and produce the A350 XWB's composite center fuselage section. Spirit also designs and builds the spar and fixed leading edge for the A350 XWB.

Press release issued by Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. Kinston on October 24, 2011

 

 Contact details from our directory:
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. Kinston Fuselage Sections, Wing Spars
Airbus S.A.S. Airframer

 

 Related aircraft programs:
Airbus A350 XWB

 

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Airframe Assemblies

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