Spirit AeroSystems CEO Jeff Turner says his company will deliver 10 787 shipsets to Boeing by the end of 2009. Turner says that six shipsets were delivered to Boeing's Everett, Washington facility in the first half of 2009, with two in October.
To date, Spirit has shipped eight 787 shipsets, including two flight test units and six production barrels. Boeing currently has Airplane 12 in final assembly, with 13 and 14 to follow before year's end. In June, Spirit projected that it would deliver between 10 and 12 shipsets for the mid-size long-range aircraft.
Turner says that Spirit will restart regular composite barrel fabrication later this quarter as it prepares to meet Boeing's 787 production ramp up. Spirit is responsible for the engine pylons, leading edges of the wings and the forward fuselage of the aircraft.