In January 2012 Spirit AeroSystems delivered its first Airbus A350 XWB composite center fuselage section (Section 15) to Airbus in St-Nazaire, France. The assembly was manufactured at Spirit's Kinston, N.C., facility and shipped to the company's newest plant in France, where it was assembled and delivered to Airbus. Spirit also designs and produces the composite wing spar and wing fixed leading edge for this program. (PRNewsFoto/Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Aircraft maker Airbus is reaching out to Kansas aviation suppliers with a Wichita event called the Air Capital Supplier Summit.
Monday's event is hosted by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and Airbus Americas chairman Allan McArtor. It comes just months after the aircraft maker's biggest competitor, Boeing, announced plans to close its defense plant in Wichita.
The conference is designed to increase business between Kansas companies and Airbus. More than 200 representatives from about 90 companies are expected to meet with Airbus representatives at the National Center for Aviation Training.
Kansas' aerospace industry encompasses more than 450 companies and accounts for more than 32,000 direct jobs. Airbus has an engineering center in Wichita where it employs more than 350 people.