Spirit delivers first A350 fuselage structure

Spirit AeroSystems joined the upper and forward lower shell composite fuselage panels for the A350 XWB at its Saint-Nazaire, France, facility before delivering them to Airbus.

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Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (Wichita, Kan.) reported on Jan. 9 that it has successfully delivered its first composite center-fuselage section (see photo) for the Airbus A350 XWB program. The upper and forward lower shell (Section 15) composite fuselage panels were joined in Spirit’s Saint-Nazaire, France, facility before the barrel section was delivered to Airbus.

Spirit won the Section 15 contract with Airbus in May 2008. The first center-fuselage panels were shipped from Spirit’s North Carolina facility to its Saint-Nazaire facility in October 2011. Spirit also designs and builds the plane’s composite front wing spar and fixed leading edge, which have already been delivered to Airbus in the U.K.


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