Spirit Signs Spare Parts Agreement With Southwest Airlines

    WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 12 /CNW/ -- Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE:   SPR) and
Southwest Airlines (NYSE:   LUV) today announced the signing of a supply
agreement whereby Spirit will supply thrust reverser, fuselage and wing
components for Southwest's fleet of B737 aircraft. This multi-year contract
will enable Southwest to obtain predictable and competitive pricing for all
737 parts in the Spirit catalog while ensuring availability for key parts and
    "We are pleased to be growing our aftermarket business with such a highly
regarded customer like Southwest Airlines," said Carolyn Harms, VP/GM for
Spirit Aftermarket Customer Support. "The supply agreement demonstrates our
commitment to customer fleet support and the confidence our customers have in
Spirit as the original producer for the majority of the 737 Next-Generation
    Southwest currently operates 527 Boeing 737 airplanes.
    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 business jets, as well as
aftermarket customer support. In addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has
operations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla., Prestwick, Scotland, and Samlesbury,
    On the web: http://www.spiritaero.com
    About Southwest Airlines
    After more than 37 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to
differentiate itself from other low fare carriers -- offering a reliable
product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the most
productive airline in the sky and offers Customers a comfortable traveling
experience. Southwest Airlines (NYSE:   LUV), the nation's largest carrier in
terms of domestic passengers carried, currently serves 64 cities in 32 states
with more than 3,400 flights a day.

For further information:

For further information: Ken Evans, Corporate Communications of Spirit
AeroSystems, Inc., +1-316-613-9901; or Chris Mainz, Public Relations of
Southwest Airlines, +1-214-792-5216 Web Site: http://www.spiritaero.com

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