WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 6 /CNW/ -- Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE: SPR), the
world's largest independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and
components, today announced that it will design and build the wing for the new
Gulfstream G250 super mid-size business jet. Spirit will design and produce
the wing at its Tulsa, Okla., facility and ship it to Israel Aerospace
Industries for incorporation with the rest of the airframe.
"We are extremely proud to provide another flight-ready wing for
Gulfstream," said Don Carlisle, Vice President and General Manager of Spirit's
Tulsa Division. "We are looking forward to bringing more than 45 years of
experience designing and manufacturing wing structures to the program."
The G250 wing is the second product Spirit has won on a Gulfstream
program this year. In March, Spirit was awarded the design and manufacture of
the wing for the all new Gulfstream G650.
"The G250 work package solidifies Spirit's role in the business jet
market and is another step in our journey to diversify the business base,"
said Jeff Turner, Spirit President and CEO.
Spirit has had a team working on the G250 wing concept and design for the
past 21 months. Initial test components will be delivered later this year. The
first flight of the G250 is scheduled for the second half of 2009, with
customer deliveries planned for 2011.
The G250 features an all-new, advanced transonic wing design that has
been optimized for high-speed cruise and improved takeoff performance. At
maximum takeoff weight, the G250 can take off from a 5,000-foot runway. The
G250 offers the largest cabin and longest range at the fastest speed in its
class. It is capable of traveling 3,400 nautical miles at 0.80 Mach and has a
maximum operating speed of 0.85 Mach. With an initial cruise altitude of
41,000 feet, the G250 can climb to a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet, where it
can avoid air traffic congestion and adverse weather.
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 locations in Tulsa and McAlester,
Okla., Prestwick, Scotland, and Samlesbury, England, and is developing new
manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Malaysia. 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, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of
customers, including Airbus.
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.
On the web: http://www.spiritaero.com
For further information:
For further information: Debbie Gann, Corporate Communications of Spirit
AeroSystems, Inc., +1-316-526-3910 Web Site: http://www.spiritaero.com