Spirit delivers first A350 center fuselage

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. delivered its first composite center fuselage section for Airbus’ A350 XWB program, the company said Monday.

The upper and forward lower composite fuselage panels were joined at Spirit’s Saint-Nazaire, France, facility before being delivered to Airbus.

“This achievement by Spirit’s Saint-Nazaire team demonstrates a milestone in our goal of meeting commitments to our customer on the A350 XWB,” Dan Wheeler, Spirit’s vice president-general manager of its North Carolina/Saint-Nazaire business unit, said in a press statement.

Spirit won a contract with Airbus in May 2008 to design and produce the center fuselage section for the A350 XWB. The first fuselage panels were shipped from Spirit’s North Carolina facility to Spirit’s Saint-Nazaire facility in October 2011. Spirit also designs and builds the composite front wing spar and fixed leading edge for the A350 XWB, which have already been delivered to Airbus in the UK.

In November, Airbus announced a delay in the schedule of its A350 XWB, which will be delivered in the first half of 2014.

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