Spirit AeroSystems and HAECO Team to Overhaul 777 Trent 800 Thrust Reversers for Cathay Pacific

    WICHITA, Kan., Feb. 18 /CNW/ -- Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE:   SPR) announced
today that it has been awarded a contract to provide overhaul, repair, and
modification services for Cathay Pacific Airways' fleet of 777 Trent 800
thrust reversers. Spirit, the Trent 800 nacelle and thrust reverser original
production manufacturer, will oversee the administration, supply the rotable
assets, and team with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO)
to perform the actual service work. Repairs and overhauls for this Cathay
Pacific program will be supported from both Spirit's Wichita repair station
and HAECO's component workshop in Tseung Kwan O (TKO).
    "Spirit AeroSystems is pleased to contract with Cathay Pacific to
overhaul their entire fleet of Trent 800 thrust reversers. This relationship
with HAECO will enable us to reduce logistics and transportation for this
program while providing optimal support to our customer," explains Carolyn
Harms, Vice President -- General Manager of Spirit's Aftermarket Customer
Support business unit. For Spirit, the program is the latest example of its
growing maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) presence to complement its
established original production manufacturer position.
    About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
    Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems is the world's largest
independent supplier of large component parts and assemblies for commercial
aircraft. The company does work in military and general aviation, as well as
aftermarket customer support. In addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has
operations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla., Prestwick, Scotland, and Samlesbury,
    About Cathay Pacific Airways
    Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled
passenger and cargo services to 111 destinations in Asia, North America,
Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of 114 wide-body aircraft. The
company is a member of the Swire group and is a public company listed on the
Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Dragonair is wholly owned subsidiary and Cathay
Pacific also has a 60% stake in AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd, an all-cargo carrier
operating regional express freight services. Cathay Pacific has made
substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world's leading
global transportation hubs. The airline is a founding member of the oneworld
global alliance.
    About Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited
    HAECO is one of the world's leading aeronautical engineering groups, and
is currently the only full service provider to commercial aircraft transiting
Hong Kong International Airport, offering a comprehensive package that
includes full technical certification, line maintenance, airframe heavy
checks, major structural modifications, repair, overhaul, and painting, as
well as overhaul capability on a wide range of avionics and mechanical
components. In addition to its scheduled base maintenance customers, the
company provides round-the-clock ramp handling and maintenance services for
over 60 major airline customers, handling an average of 90,000 movements a
year. HAECO is publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code:

For further information:

For further information: Debbie Gann, Corporate Communications of Spirit
 AeroSystems Inc., +1-316-519-7340 Web Site: http://www.spiritaero.com

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