Spirit’s experience and capabilities in designing and building fuselage structures and systems are vast. These are things that we have been doing for decades on some of the most extensive programs for some of the largest, most sophisticated airplanes ever built. In the process, we have simultaneously managed multiple programs with multiple production rates, delivering world-class quality on time and on budget. Spirit offers state-of-the-art design proficiency and production processes that have proven themselves time and again on major integrated systems programs.
Spirit designs and builds the fuselage for the 737, demonstrating considerable experience in this area. Spirit also designs and produces the forward cab assembly for the 747, 767 and 777 airplanes. Spirit’s expertise extends well beyond metallic structures, with one example being the composite contoured one-piece barrel for the 787 program.
For the new Airbus A350 XWB, Spirit produces center fuselage frame sections at its Kinston, North Carolina, facility. The sections are shipped to Spirit’s facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, for assembly into the center fuselage barrel and delivery to Airbus.
Spirit designs and manufactures the composite cockpit, cabin airframe and integration of the transition section for the Sikorsky CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter. Additionally, Spirit builds the fuselage and airframe tail sections and struts for the P-8A and P-8I multi-mission aircraft, a Next-Generation 737 derivative.
Spirit has also been named to the Boeing NewGen Tanker supplier team and will build the Boeing tanker's forward fuselage section in Wichita, Kan.