Spirit AeroSystems has a history of innovation in composites technology. From design to manufacture to repair, Spirit possesses the knowledge and know-how to take advantage of composite materials in aircraft manufacturing. Spirit is uniquely qualified in this area of technology expertise, investment and commitment.
Composite materials and technology are used in many products – fuselage, nacelle and wing – that Spirit builds. Composites provide high strength-to-weight advantage and noise attenuation properties for the huge Boeing 777 nacelles that Spirit builds.
For the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Spirit builds the state-of-the-art composite fuselage forward section. Production of the first all-composite contoured one-piece forward section, as well as the composite tooling, for this all-new twin-aisle commercial airplane is a technology milestone for Boeing, Spirit, and aircraft manufacturing worldwide.
In 2008, Airbus selected Spirit AeroSystems to build composite center section structures and composite front spar for its new A350 XWB airplane. A Spirit manufacturing facility in Subang, Malaysia, which opened in 2009, produces wing composite subassemblies for the Airbus A320 range of products.
Working with Sikorsky Aircraft, Spirit is playing a major role in the design, production and joining of the composite cockpit and cabin for the Marine Corps’ new CH-53K heavy lift helicopter.
Spirit’s Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) repair stations in the U.S., Europe and China are certified to perform composite as well as metal repairs and overhauls. Spirit is actively developing and patenting advanced repair techniques for composite materials.