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Spirit AeroSystems Named a Winner of Aviation Week Network’s 65th Annual Laureate Awards

Award Honors Outstanding Achievements in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense and Winners Were Recognized on November 3 in Washington, DC

Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR) has been named a winner of the Aviation Week Network 65th Annual Laureate Awards (#AWLAUR), honoring extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace arena. The 2022 Laureate Awards took place on November 3 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Spirit is a winner in the Commercial Aviation category. The company received this honor for reinventing itself during the COVID-19 pandemic to emerge stronger. Preparing for the recovery of the aviation market, the company implemented changes under consideration for years, turning its 20th-century factories into digitally driven lean manufacturing centers. The innovations should position Spirit to ride the resurgence of Airbus and Boeing narrowbody output. Spirit also implemented a diversification strategy that included acquisitions of FMI and select assets of Bombardier that have expanded the company’s capabilities and work scope with new and current customers.

“We are so honored to receive this distinction and we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the aerospace industry in November,” said Tom Gentile, CEO, Spirit AeroSystems. “We’ve emerged out of the pandemic stronger by investing in leading technology while enhancing the company’s capabilities to support air travel recovery and diversify business opportunities.”

“All of the winners are making a significant impact in not only the aerospace industry, but in our lives, from sustainability to space exploration to military operations. They are truly on the cutting edge of aerospace and technology, and they are inspiring others,” said Aviation Week Editorial Director Joe Anselmo. “These well deserving individuals and companies were selected by our editors from dozens of applications in each category.”

During the awards gala, Aviation Week Network bestowed the Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement. Four cadets and midshipmen from U.S. military academies were recognized as Tomorrow’s Leaders, honoring young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces. In addition to the Laureate Awards, Aviation Week Network recognized the “20 Twenties” in partnership with Accenture and sponsored by Hexcel. This program recognizes the accomplishments and drive of 20 science, technology, engineering and mathematics students in their 20s and currently enrolled in a master's degree or bachelor's degree program.

About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. Also, Spirit serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco.


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