Spirit AeroSystems Opens European Repair Station in Prestwick, Scotland



    PRESTWICK, Scotland, Sept. 23 /CNW/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (NYSE:  
SPR) today formally opened its new Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO)
repair station in Europe. The Spirit facility, based at the Spirit AeroSystems
European headquarters in Prestwick, Scotland, will support customers in
Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
    The new facility, which has received its European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) Certification, will perform composite repairs and overhauls. The
initial scope of work is focused on engine nacelles and components for Boeing
737NG and 777 aircraft.
    "After announcing our plans for this new repair station last year, it is
exciting to see our vision take flight," stated Carolyn Harms, VP/GM for
Spirit's Aftermarket Customer Support Business Unit.  "Everyone involved has
worked hard to make this happen, and our initial customer responses have been
extremely positive."
    "The MRO facility brings a new service into the Prestwick based
operations of Spirit, as well as some new customers," added Neil McManus, Vice
President and Managing Director of Spirit Europe. "It demonstrates how the
quality and skill level of our workforce can be used to provide our customers
with a vital service for their aircraft."
    Spirit's European repair station complements its recently expanded
Wichita, Kan., repair center, in operation since 2002, which serves primarily
North American based customers. Spirit is also involved in a joint venture to
establish a composite and metal bond component service center located near
Xiamen, China. In conjunction with its joint venture partners, Taikoo Spirit
AeroSystems (Jinjiang) Composite Co. will provide world-class repair services
for aircraft operators across the Asia-Pacific region upon its completion in
the fourth quarter of 2009.
    This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future
business opportunities. Actual results may vary materially from those
projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not
limited to future levels of business in the aerospace and commercial transport
industries or in the number of aircraft to be built; the success and timely
progression of our customers' new programs; challenges in the design,
development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other
risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed in Spirit
AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
    
    About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
    
    Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems is the world's largest
independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components. In
addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has operations in Tulsa and McAlester,
Okla., Prestwick, Scotland, and Samlesbury, England. 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 North
America and Europe.
    
    On the web: http://www.spiritaero.com

    




For further information:

For further information: John Martin, Director of Sales & Marketing,
Aftermarket Customer Support, +1-316-523-5230, or Conrad King, Spirit Europe
Communications (UK), +44-1292-672323, cell, +44-7793-422408, or Debbie Gann,
Corporate Communications (US), +1-316-526-3910, all of Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
Web Site: http://www.spiritaero.com


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