Spirit manufactures the centre composite upper shell for Section 15 of the Airbus A350 XWB fuselage (pictured) and the forward lower shell. (Picture courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Spirit AeroSystems Inc.)
Spirit manufactures the centre composite upper shell for Section 15 of the Airbus A350 XWB fuselage (pictured) and the forward lower shell. (Picture courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Spirit AeroSystems Inc.)

The Section 15 fuselage panels are being sent to Saint-Nazaire, France, where final upper shell assembly will take place.

Section 15 of the fuselage consists of the centre composite upper and forward lower shells manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems.

"Our North Carolina team has worked hard to achieve this important milestone," says Dan Wheeler, vice president-general manager, North Carolina business unit, Spirit AeroSystems. "With help from our customer, we have successfully integrated with Airbus methods, tools, processes and systems."

"Shipment of these composite fuselage panels represents a significant achievement for Spirit employees as we work with Airbus to meet all their requirements and delivery schedules for the pre-final assembly phase."

Spirit won a contract with Airbus in May 2008 to design and produce the A350 XWB's composite centre fuselage section.

Spirit AeroSystems also designs and builds the spar and fixed leading edge for the Airbus A350 XWB.