The FAA has awarded repair-station certification to Spirit AeroSystems' repair facility in Wichita, Kansas to perform MRO on thrust-reverser assemblies for the Airbus A319, A320, A321 and A330.
FAA certification for Spirit AeroSystems to provide A320-family and A330-family thrust-reverser MRO allows Spirit's Global Customer Support and Services (GCS&S) business to offer nacelle maintenance to airlines worldwide, according to the company.
“This coordinated effort with the FAA has expanded our Operations Specification to include Airbus products,” says Bob Recchio, vice president of GCS&S for Spirit AeroSystems. “This is an important milestone for GCS&S and our customers, who will benefit from our maintenance solutions for their entire fleet.”
Spirit AeroSystems has a repair station in Wichita and a joint-venture repair station, Taikoo Spirit, in Jinjiang in China.
The company is one of the world's largest tier-one suppliers of aerospace structures and as such its repair-station capabilities are supported by extensive engineering design and manufacturing experience.
Its new Airbus repair certification follows on the heels of a Sept. 25 announcement by Spirit AeroSystems that it had completed negotiations and executed definitive agreements with Boeing which resolved commercial issues through 2022 relating to production for several Boeing commercial-aircraft programs, including the 737 MAX and the 787 Dreamliner.
Spirit had announced on Aug. 2 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing and the companies intended to reach definitive agreements by the end of September.
Teams from Spirit and Boeing subsequently worked cooperatively through the details to complete the process.
“We can now focus 100 percent of our time and attention on executing on our existing commitments and growing our business,” Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile said on 25 September. “This agreement reduces a great deal of uncertainty, solidifies our relationship with Boeing and positions us to meet our long-term financial goals.”
“The new agreement brings stability for both Boeing and Spirit, and it locks in on cost reduction and improved efficiencies,” Kevin Schemm, Boeing Commercial Airplanes' chief financial officer and senior vice president for supply chain management, finance and business operations, commented of Boeing's new agreements with Spirit AeroSystems. “These are at the heart of our ‘Partnering for Success’ efforts.”
Headquartered in Wichita, Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. It operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia.
The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the commercial and military aircraft.