Showing posts with label Spirit Aerosystems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spirit Aerosystems. Show all posts

26 June, 2023

Spirit AeroSystems promise to continue talking as strikes take effect in Kansas.

Spirit AeroSystems has said it wioll continue talking to workers at this base in  Wichita, Kansas to resolve the ongoing dispute over pay.  The company's President and CEO, Tom Gentile said "We have been working hard and making good progress.  We will continue discussions this week and remain committed to a timely resolution on a fair and competitive contract that addresses the priorities of our employees and other stakeholders."

Gentile also expressed appreciation for the ongoing assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).will suspend factory production on Thursday at its plant in Wichita, Kansas, the company said, after workers rejected a proposed four-year deal and announced a strike to begin on June 24.

Spirit is one of the most consequential suppliers for aerospace heavyweights Boeing and Airbus. The Wichita site makes the entire fuselage for Boeing's bestselling 737 MAX narrowbody jet and the forward sections for most of its other aircraft, as well as pylons for the Airbus A220.

This could be a crucial time for all concerned as one aircraft manufacturer has already opened preliminary discussions with other aerostructural suppliers regarding a ramp up of support for possible future development or need.   

Some six thousand workers have started strike action in Wichita, Kansas, following the rejection of a recent offer. According to the union, the deal was rejected by 79% of members with 85% voting to approve the walkout.

The walkout could have serious implications for Boeing and its 737 MAX production line, which has been beset with quality failings in recent weeks including with the rear portion of the fuselage and engine mounts.  

02 June, 2022

Sierra Space & Spirit AeroSystems form strategic partnership to introduce affordable space systems to the market

Sierra Space and Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. has announced the formation of a long-term strategic partnership intended to accelerate access to a vibrant commercial space economy of the future.

Spirit Defense & Space will assist in the development and production of future affordable Shooting Star Transport Vehicles under a Letter of Intent signed between the two companies. The agreement also provides for the two companies to work together to develop innovative technologies and processes to accelerate Sierra Space’s expanding Dream Chaser family of scalable spaceplanes to the market.

Sierra Space is a leading commercial space company at the forefront of creating and building the future of space transportation and infrastructure for low-Earth orbit commercialization. Using Sierra Space’s growing range of space transportation, infrastructure and associated technologies, the company intends to expand access to the space economy for other commercial entities and enable the discoveries and innovations of the future.

Spirit Defense & Space will work with Sierra Space to enhance accessibility and efficiency of the Sierra Space Shooting Star cargo module system to advance a family of cargo and service modules for on-orbit services. The collaboration combines the strength of Sierra Space’s advanced space technology expertise with Spirit AeroSystem’s renowned aerospace industrialization proficiencies. Visit Shooting Star Cargo Module to view a time-lapse of the first module’s construction.

“Through this long-term partnership, Sierra Space is delighted to begin work with Tom’s team at Spirit AeroSystems, widely recognized as leaders in the aerospace industry and aligned with our vision of an accessible and vibrant space economy,” said Sierra Space CEO, Tom Vice. “Working with Spirit Defense & Space, we will broaden access to tomorrow’s space economy; lowering the cost of entry and increasing the speed to market of Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser franchise. Together we will accelerate the commercialization of space.”

03 October, 2021

Spirit AeroSystems to Upgrade 757 Fleet for SF Airlines in China

Spirit AeroSystems has confirmed it signed an agreement with SF Airlines (SFA) to modify inlet cowlings for its Boeing 757 cargo freighters.

SF Airlines CEO Mr Li Sheng attended the contract signing with Mr Kailash Krishnaswamy, General Manager of Spirit AeroSystems (Hangzhou) Enterprise Management Consulting Co., Ltd. in China, during the Air Show China event in Zhuhai, China. Also from SFA, Mr Tong, General Manager of the SFA Maintenance and Engineering Department, and Ms Wu, Director of the SFA Maintenance and Engineering Department, joined Mr Li for the signing.

“Spirit AeroSystems is honoured to be selected by SF Airlines for this 10-year agreement,” Mr Krishnaswamy said. “Under this agreement, Spirit will provide important repairs for inlet cowlings that will help keep SFA’s Boeing 757 fleet operating effectively now and in the future.”

SFA technicians will remove cowlings from the engines and ship them to Spirit’s site in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the repairs will take place. Once repairs are complete, the cowlings will be shipped back to SFA.

Mr Krishnaswamy added, “Spirit is positioning itself regionally to support SF Airlines and other operators with increasing passenger travel and freight traffic in the post-COVID era, and we look forward to bringing our world-class repair capabilities to the Asia Pacific region.”

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11 September, 2020

Spirit AeroSystems announced this week that Belcan will be onsite as a Strategic Partner in Spirit's Aerospace Innovation Centre (AIC) in Prestwick, Scotland.

Spirit AeroSystems announced this week that Belcan will be onsite as a Strategic Partner in Spirit's Aerospace Innovation Centre (AIC) in Prestwick, Scotland.  Belcan will work directly alongside Spirit engineers when the facility opens.

The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enter into a strategic partnership. Belcan, a global supplier of engineering, supply chain, technical recruiting and information technology services, will provide Spirit with broad-based engineering capabilities and specific skills, primarily focused on supporting Spirit's wing engineering activities in Prestwick. This includes multi-disciplinary engineering skills, program management and manufacturing engineering resources.

02 March, 2020

Spirit AeroSystems Opens New Spoiler Manufacturing Facility

Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] announced today it has opened a new composite manufacturing facility at its site in Prestwick, Scotland. This facility leverages advanced composite technology from Spirit's research and development portfolio and brings new work to the site in the form of the Airbus A320 family spoiler. The Rt Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, first minister of Scotland, was on site today to officially open the new facility.

"This is the result of a three-year journey to secure production of the spoiler in the UK," said Scott McLarty, Spirit AeroSystem's senior vice president of Airbus programs. "We appreciate the investment support provided by our government and community partners. This new facility allows us to utilize innovative technologies like the Spirit-developed Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) solution to better meet the needs of our customer."