Spirit pays $865 million for Bombardier’s Belfast, Northern Ireland, plant, plus others. The Belfast facility fabricates the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft.
Spirit AeroSystems agreed last year to acquire Bombardier’s Belfast plant, which makes the composite wings for the Airbus A220. The COVID-19 pandemic compelled both sides to re-evaluate the value of the transaction.
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Spirit will expand its work on the composite forward, pressurized fuselage for the AS2 supersonic business jet, leading to full-rate production in 2023.
At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.
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The move was made following a request from Boeing that Spirit pause additional work on four 737 MAX shipsets and avoid starting production on 16 737 MAX shipsets to be delivered in 2020.