To celebrate the official launch of fuselage production in Morocco, Spirit AeroSystems organized an event this Monday, June 27 in the presence of the Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour.
Spirit’s Moroccan site recently started producing fuselage components, the front and rear section of the Airbus A220 aircraft.
The site has developed expertise in the manufacture of components for Bombardier business jets and has now joined the Spirit sites which already supply Airbus commercial programs.
Fuselage components are shipped from Morocco for assembly at Spirit’s Belfast site in Northern Ireland.
Both sites were acquired by Spirit in 2020 as part of a major diversification strategy, adding significant Airbus content, and further developing Spirit’s global footprint and aftermarket services business.
Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour, and senior executives from Airbus and Royal Air Maroc joined Stephen Orr, Vice President and General Manager of Spirit AeroSystems, Morocco, at the 25,000m² manufacturing site recently expanded at Midparc in Casablanca. More than 300 employees there require Spirit’s programs as the site continues to expand its manufacturing portfolio.
“Today, we are proud to celebrate the rapid growth of this site, whose construction work was launched by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, in September 2013 in Midparc. This state-of-the-art plant technology, specializing in the manufacture of aeronautical parts and structures, has established itself as one of the flagships of the aeronautical industry in Morocco,” said Mezzour.
“Spirit’s new program to produce on the extension of this site the largest fuselage sections in Africa, high-tech parts of the Airbus A220, further strengthens the Kingdom’s positioning on complex processes with high added value, as well as the international influence of the national aeronautical ecosystem. Our solid partnership with Spirit will continue its path with as much enthusiasm and could open up, eventually, to other opportunities that we will further develop in Morocco”, said -he adds.
“The Kingdom already manufactures parts for all of Airbus’ commercial aircraft, including the A220. This aircraft is the latest addition to our product line and therefore our industrial footprint in Morocco. With this achievement, the manufacturing of parts of the A220 is now well integrated into the Moroccan aeronautical ecosystem and can proudly be described as “Made in Morroco”. Today we are celebrating another important milestone in our relationship with Morocco and Spirit AeroSystems and we look forward to to continue to build together a robust and sustainable aerospace industry” said Mikail Houari, President, Airbus Africa and Middle East
“We have developed an ambitious roadmap to accelerate the growth of our site with the support of our Ministry of Industry and we are delighted to expand our manufacturing capacity to include this latest Airbus program. We look forward to working with the Spirit team in Belfast, which also supplies the integrated wing for the A220 aircraft, and to build a strong and rewarding relationship with Airbus” explained Stephen Orr, Vice President and Managing Director of Spirit AeroSystems in Morocco.