At Spirit, we partner with our customers to design and manufacture aerostructures for the world’s premier aircraft.
Spirit AeroSystems may be best known for building the fuselage of the Boeing 737. But we do far more.
Spirit designs and builds large aerostructures, including fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components, for both commercial and defense programs. Our engineering capabilities, combined with our capacity for high-volume production, have positioned Spirit as a leading aerostructures supplier to both Airbus and Boeing. Our affordability in materials, processes and tools also makes us a natural fit for defense prime contractors.
As a world-class research and development business, we can work alongside OEMs on new product development. The ability to design, modify and continually improve components allows us to pass on benefits — such as strength-to-weight advantages and lower costs — to our customers. It also helps ensure the seamless integration of components into final assemblies.
We can design in both metallic and composite materials. We can meet multiple customer requirements on both commercial and military programs.
We can support design through all phases of an aerospace program from concept to completion. Unlike some suppliers that only build to print, we deliver complete program capability.
Our capabilities include product development, integrity and certification; stress engineering; precision measurement and program management.
We provide airlines with engineering and repair services through our Global Customer Support & Services organization.
We are an accredited provider of measurement and test equipment calibration, testing, repair and engineering technical services. Customers may use our testing and metrology laboratories to design mechanical-dimensional test fixtures and develop measurement applications.
Our build portfolio includes fuselages, large wing structures, engine nacelles, pylons, fan cowls, thrust reversers and systems integration. We produce both composite and metallic assemblies.
Composites manufacturing. Spirit is the industry leader in composites manufacturing. With more than 30 autoclaves, including several of the largest autoclaves in the world, we can meet high-capacity production demands. For customers who require innovative solutions, we have developed the ability to fabricate composite structures using out-of-autoclave infusion technology.
Metallic manufacturing and assembly. Our capabilities include complex machining, sheet metal, tubing fabrication and installation, and more.
Precision assembly. Using Spirit Exact™ technology, we design and install production systems that require fewer tools, thereby lowering costs and reducing time to assemble components. We were the first supplier to offer precision detail assembly on the Boeing 737 Next-Generation program.
In addition to producing aerostructures for commercial aircraft, Spirit designs, engineers and manufactures structural components for military programs. We have been awarded a significant amount of work for Boeing’s P-8, C-40 and KC-46 Tanker, all of which are commercial aircraft modified for military use. We are also involved in the development of the Sikorsky CH-53K, Bell Helicopter V-280 tiltrotor and the new Northrop Grumman B-21. Spirit has invested heavily in research and development labs that enable us to deliver innovation and value on defense programs.