Spirit AeroSystems formally opened a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Kinston, N.C., on July 1, 2010.
Employees at the facility design and manufacture the composite center fuselage section and front wing spar for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft using state-of-the-art technology and processes. The first flight for the Airbus A350 XWB happened in June of 2013.
Spirit announced in May 2008 that it would expand its operations in the United States and build this new facility in Lenoir County, North Carolina. The company broke ground for the facility on Sept. 15, 2008.