Spirit AeroSystems delivered its first Airbus A350 XWB composite center fuselage section (Section 15) to Airbus in St-Nazaire, France. Courtesy: PRNewsFoto/Spirit AeroSystems.

Spirit AeroSystems has delivered its first composite center fuselage section for the Airbus A350 XWB.

The upper and forward lower shell composite fuselage panels were joined in Spirit's Saint-Nazaire, France, facility before being delivered to Airbus. 

Spirit won a contract with Airbus in May 2008 to design and produce Section 15 of the A350 XWB's composite fuselage. The first center-fuselage panels were shipped from Spirit's North Carolina facility to Spirit's Saint-Nazaire facility in October.

Spirit also designs and builds the A350 XWB’s composite front wing spar and fixed leading edge, which have already been delivered to Airbus in the UK.