Spirit AeroSystems says this move will make more efficient use of its global manufacturing operations.

"Spirit Malaysia has significant experience delivering high-quality composite assemblies, and the placement of the 787 fixed leading edge production in Malaysia is a natural extension of our expertise," says Francis Hiew, Spirit Malaysia managing director.

Oklahoma employees working on the 787 fixed leading edge will be transitioned to other programmes to help meet increasing rates. Increased production is planned for all Spirit facilities.