Spirit AeroSystems has delivered its first composite center fuselage section to Airbus for the manufacturer’s A350 XWB (extra wide body) program.
The upper and forward lower shell fuselage panels were sent from Spirit’s Kinston, N.C., plant to Spirit’s plant in St. Nazaire, France, for joining before delivery.
The delivery is a milestone toward meeting Spirit’s commitments to Airbus, Dan Wheeler, Spirit vice president and general manager of the Kinston and St. Nazaire business units, said in a statement.
“Our close collaboration with Airbus made this possible,” Wheeler said.
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Spirit won a contract in May 2008 to design and build the composite center fuselage section for the plane. The first panels were shipped from North Carolina to Saint Nazaire in October. Spirit also designs and builds the composite front wing spar and fixed leading edge for the aircraft.