Spirit AeroSystems Named to Boeing Tanker Supplier Team


    


    
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<p><span class="xn-location">WICHITA</span>, Kan., <span class="xn-chron">March 11</span> /CNW/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:   SPR) has been named to the Boeing (NYSE:   BA) NewGen Tanker Supplier Team. Boeing, Spirit's largest customer, is bidding on the KC-X program, the U.S. Air Force's next line of tanker aircraft.</p>
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<p>Upon a contract award from the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> government to Boeing, Spirit will build the Boeing tanker's forward fuselage section in <span class="xn-location">Wichita</span>, Kan. After completion, Spirit will ship the hardware to Boeing's Everett, Wash., facility for final assembly.</p>
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<p>"We're honored to continue to build quality airplane assemblies for Boeing, and ultimately, for the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> Air Force," said Richard "Buck" Buchanan, Spirit senior vice president and chief operations officer. "Spirit is proud to be part of the integrated Tanker Team, and is poised and ready to deliver world-class components to our customer."</p>
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<p><span class="xn-person">Sen. Sam Brownback</span>, R-Kan., said, "I am pleased that the men and women of Spirit AeroSystems will play such a significant role on the NewGen Tanker. The Boeing/Spirit Team has a strong track record of delivering superior value to their customers and I know they will continue this success in building the world's finest tanker for the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> Air Force."</p>
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<p>U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard., said, "The highly-skilled workers and engineers at Spirit AeroSystems are among the best in the world and will play an integral role in building the next generation of tankers. We are moving toward a tanker contract that will stimulate the aviation industry in Kansas and lead to even more high-quality, high-paying jobs. Spirit workers will provide nothing but the best components for the KC-767, and that is important for our military men and women to successfully carry out their missions."</p>
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<p>On <span class="xn-chron">March 4</span>, Boeing announced it would offer the Boeing NewGen Tanker, an airplane based off of the 767 platform, in the competition to supply the U.S. Air Force with a multi-mission aerial refueling aircraft that will meet all the warfighter's mission requirements for the next several decades.</p>
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<p>Boeing will respond to the Air Force's KC-X Request for Proposal by <span class="xn-chron">May 10</span>, and the Air Force is expected to announce its decision later this year.</p>
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    The contract will be for 179 new KC-X aerial refueling tankers.

    On the web: http://www.spiritaero.com

    About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    
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<p>Based in <span class="xn-location">Wichita</span>, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems is the world's largest independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components. In addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has locations in <span class="xn-location">Tulsa</span> and McAlester, Okla.; Prestwick, Scotland; Samlesbury, England; <span class="xn-location">Kuala Lumpur</span>, <span class="xn-location">Malaysia</span>; and is developing new manufacturing facilities in Kinston, N.C.; and Saint-Nazaire, <span class="xn-location">France</span>. In the U.S., Spirit's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and Asia. Spirit <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Lisa Conklin, Corporate Communications of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc., +1-316-523-2438 Web Site: http://www.spiritaero.com


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