Spirit AeroSystems Inc. [NYSE: SPR] has completed an expansion project on the Spirit Wichita campus to support production of the 737 thrust reverser, the company said.
The company said the expansion supports production rate increases already planned for the Boeing 737 program. The company also celebrated delivering the first 737 MAX thrust reverser with the new composite inner wall to the flight test program. Spirit produces the 737 MAX fuselage, pylon, thrust reverser and engine nacelle at its Wichita, Kan., facility and the wing leading edges at its Tulsa, Okla., facility. Spirit is responsible for delivering about 70 percent of the 737 structure to Boeing.
Boeing, which currently produces 42 737s per month, will increase the rate to 47 airplanes per month in 2017. To support rate increases, Spirit opened a new expansion to support 737 MAX thrust reverser production. The new expansion is 45,000 sq ft. and will deliver 94 thrust reversers per month to support the next rate increase.
Spirit employs 15,000 people worldwide designing and building aerostructures for airplanes. Spirit builds the forward fuselage section of every Boeing commercial airplane in production today, as well as wing and propulsion components.
Spirit AeroSystems Inc. is an independent producer of large aerostructures with core products that include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Spirit has long-term agreements in place with Boeing and Airbus.