Spirit Aerosystems To Design And Build Pylon For Mitsubishi Regional Jet

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Spirit AeroSystems to Design and Build Pylon for Mitsubishi Regional Jet

WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR) has been selected by Mitsubishi Aircraft

Corporation to design and build the pylon for its new next-generation regional

jetliner, known as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).   

    The contract award marks Spirit's entry into the regional jet market. 

    "Spirit is pleased to partner with Mitsubishi Aircraft in developing this 

exciting new regional jet," said Mike King, Spirit senior vice president &

general manager - Propulsion Systems. "We're excited to show our new customer 

and fellow team members the quality and capabilities that our employees 

produce on a daily basis. We look forward to building a successful 

relationship with Mitsubishi in this endeavor." 

    Pylon work will be done at Spirit's facility in Wichita, Kan. A pylon is a 

large, highly specialized aerostructure that holds an aircraft's engine and its

casing to the wing. Spirit's Wichita location has decades of experience 

building pylons for large commercial aircraft. It currently builds pylons for 

every Boeing commercial airplane in production.   

    "Spirit's technology experience in the aircraft industry, combined with

Mitsubishi Aircraft's wide-ranging capabilities, offer great potential for future

success in the regional aircraft marketplace," said John Pilla, Spirit 

senior vice president and chief technology officer. 

    "Mitsubishi selected Spirit to participate in this new venture because of 

its long legacy as a world-class builder of commercial aircraft," said Nobuo 

Toda, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. "We're confident our new 

relationship with Spirit will be a successful one." 

    The MRJ is a 70- to 90-seat class aircraft that will include cutting-edge 

technology offering operational economy and cabin comfort for its passengers. 

The first delivery of the airplane is scheduled in 2013. 


    About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.  

    Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems is the world's largest 

independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components. In

addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, 

Okla., Prestwick, Scotland, and Samlesbury, England, and is developing new

manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Malaysia. In the U.S., Spirit's 

core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. 

Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including 

spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in North 

America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of 

customers, including Airbus.  


    This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future 

business opportunities. Actual results may vary materially from those 

projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not

limited to future levels of business in the aerospace and commercial transport 

industries or in the number of aircraft to be built; the success and timely

progression of our customers' new programs; challenges in the design, 

development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other 

risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed in Spirit 

AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.   


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SOURCE  Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. 


    CONTACT:  Debbie Gann

              Corporate Communications


              for Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

   Web site:  http://www.spiritaero.com




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