Spirit Aerosystems has won its first direct contract from Airbus and will build a new factory in Kinston, N.C., to fulfill it, engaging in a state-backed worker training program that is expected to add as many as 1,000 jobs. Wichita-based Spirit will design and build the Section 15 center fuselage composite frame section for the A350 XWB. At 65 feet long and 20 feet wide, the 9,000-lb. structure is larger than the composite nose section that Spirit makes for Boeing’s 787. The company ...


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