Spirit AeroSystems Reaches Agreement with Boeing on 787 Program

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds the composite components for the 787 program.


WICHITA, Kan. Jan. 12, 2011. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) announced today it has reached an agreement with The Boeing Company regarding certain claims associated with the development and production of the 787-8 airplane in December 2010

"Working closely with our largest customer, we have developed a fair and equitable framework that reflects current program financial realities and reinforces a partnership that provides the basis for long-term value creation on the program for both Spirit and Boeing," said Phil Anderson, Spirit Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  

"Since the program's inception, our team has worked diligently to support customer requirements on 787 development and production," Anderson said. "We are optimistic about the future of the overall program, which we anticipate will continue to provide long-term benefit to Spirit."  

The agreement provides that the parties will complete formal amendments in the first half of 2011.  The company expects to include any impact of the agreement in its Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Report planned for February 10, 2011.

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds the composite forward fuselage, engine pylons, and wing leading edge components for the 787 program.    

On the web: http://www.spiritaero.com

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.; Kinston, N.C.; Prestwick, Scotland; Samlesbury, England; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and is developing a new manufacturing facility in Saint-Nazaire, France. 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.

SOURCE Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.

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