Spirit sticking to Dreamliner schedule

Feb 13, 2013 | 05:25 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Jeff Turner, 787 Dreamliner, Boeing, Airbus, A350, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Another major participant in the Boeing Co. supply chain says it is sticking to its 787 Dreamliner production schedule despite the aircraft’s current problems.

Jeff Turner, president and chief executive officer of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., told securities analysts this week that Spirit hasn’t modified its 2013 delivery outlook on the 787 despite battery problems that have temporarily grounded the roughly 50 aircraft already delivered.

The first-tier airframe subcontractor intends to deliver 60 to 65 shipsets for the 787 in 2013, up from 43 in 2011, Turner told analysts, also noting that Spirit began shipments last year for what is expected to be the Dreamliner’s main rival, Airbus SAS’ new A350 XWB. ....

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