Spirit AeroSystems has completed its first integrated 767 forward fuselage section for Boeing.
The unit is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow to Boeing in Everett, Wash.
Spirit previously designed and built four separate forward fuselage end items for the 767 — the cab, lower lobe and two side panels. These were shipped by rail to Boeing for integration. With this new statement of work, Spirit will integrate the four sections into a single unit before shipping to Boeing.
The 767 integration work began in October of this year in the newly-opened advanced manufacturing facility on the company’s Wichita, Kan., campus. The building showcases Spirit’s innovative use of new technologies on production lines to improve quality and efficiency.
The new facility on the Air Capital Flight Line in southeast Wichita, which broke ground in October 2018, will include advances such as automated production that reduce assembly time and increase quality, and material tracking and management from raw materials across the entire supply chain. These advances, integrated into an optimized system, will help to reduce assembly time and increase quality performance.
This new work statement doubles Spirit’s labor content on the fuselage and required additional square footage at the Wichita site. The assembled unit is too large to ship via rail or truck, so the structure will be transported via the Dreamlifter, a modified Boeing 747, from Wichita to Everett, just as the 787 integrated barrel is today.
About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit 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 world’s premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.