Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited  is the largest airframe supplier to Airbus and a key supplier of major wing structures with 'life of program' contracts.

Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited  is the largest airframe supplier to Airbus and a key supplier of major wing structures with “life of program” contracts. Our Prestwick operation delivers products across the entire Airbus range, including the new A380 aircraft.

Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited is based at sites at Prestwick in Ayrshire and Preston, Lancashire. The Prestwick site is home to around 900 employees and is one of the larger employers in the local area. An additional 70 staff are based at Preston in Lancashire. Its aviation history in the United Kingdom dates back to the early days of large-scale airplane production in Scotland in the 1930s.

The facility in Prestwick, Scotland, produces structural components, chiefly on wings, for the Airbus A320, A330, A340, A380 and A350 families of aircraft. The facility also produces wing components for the Boeing 787 and 777.

The site provides customers in the commercial aerospace market with airframe structures. At manufacturing and engineering levels this involves producing leading and trailing edges for Airbus wing assemblies and leading edge production for Boeing wings. 

Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited works closely with customers and is involved in the development of innovative production methods and procedures which are achieved through Global Supply Operations. Relationships with suppliers based across Europe, the United States, the Far East and South Africa have been developed to help deliver cost and efficiency savings back to customers.


Airbus A318, 319, 320, 321
Assembly of Leading and Trailing Edges for all Airbus single-aisle wings and variants, with current scheduled assembly rates of 36 sets per month supply of Flat Track Beams

Airbus A330 / A340
Hard metal and composite panels

Airbus A380
Manufacture and assembly of the Inboard Outer Fixed-leading Edge wing assembly
Current scheduled assembly rates of one set per month

Spirit is the second largest airframe supplier in Europe for Major Outside Production, and we participate in the Boeing European Supplier Council. Our European operation delivers wing structures for the 767 and 777 aircraft. It is also a key player in the Joint Concept Development stage on the Dreamliner 787 program, contributing to a number of advanced technology studies and structural design configuration studies.

Boeing 777
Assembly of Fixed-leading Edges
Contract awarded November 1998
Program currently runs until 2010

Boeing 767
Assembly of Fixed-leading Edges
Contract awarded July 2000
First delivery achieved in August 2002
Completed assemblies are shipped to Seattle for integration into the full wing.

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