Spirit AeroSystems Opens Joint Venture Repair Station in China


<p><location>WICHITA</location>, Kan., <chron>Nov. 18</chron> /CNW/ -- Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE:   SPR) today formally opened its new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) repair station in <location>China</location> through a joint venture with <location>Hong Kong</location> Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) and its subsidiary Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (TAECO).  The Spirit facility, based in Jinjiang, <location>China</location>, known as Taikoo Spirit AeroSystems (Jinjiang) Composite Co. Ltd., will provide world-class repair services for aircraft operators across the Asia-Pacific region.</p>
<p>The new facility, which is in the process of receiving its Civil Aviation Administration of <location>China</location> certification (CAAC), will perform composite repairs and overhauls with a focus on engine nacelles and components for Boeing 737NG and 777 aircraft.</p>
<p>"After announcing our plans last year to enter into a joint venture with HAECO/TAECO, we believe that this global expansion takes Spirit another step closer toward the execution of our aftermarket growth strategy and long term value creation for our international customers," stated <person>Carolyn Harms</person>, VP/GM for Spirit's aftermarket business.</p>
<p>"We anticipate that the opening of this repair facility in <location>China</location> will support the repair needs of aircraft operators in the Asia-Pacific region," stated <person>Chung Mak</person>, Director of Marketing for HAECO.</p>
<p>The opening of the Asia repair station complements Spirit's <location>North America</location> Repair Center in <location>Wichita</location>, Kan., and its European Repair Station in Prestwick, Scotland.</p>

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    About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
<p>Based in <location>Wichita</location>, 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 <location>Tulsa</location> and McAlester, Okla.; Prestwick, Scotland; Samlesbury, England; <location>Kuala Lumpur</location>, <location>Malaysia</location>; and is developing new manufacturing facilities in Kinston, N.C.; and Saint-Nazaire, <location>France</location>. 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 <location>North America</location>, <location>Europe</location> and Asia. Spirit <location>Europe</location> produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.</p>


For further information: For further information: China, Chung Mak, Director and General Manager of Taikoo Spirit, +852-276-76083; or USA, Ken Evans, Corporate Communications of Spirit AeroSystems, +1-316-523-4070 Web Site: http://www.spiritaero.com

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