Air Capital Flight Line stores Spirit's fuselages

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Spirit AeroSystems publicly thanked a local group for storing fuselages on their property.

The company placed a full-page advertisement in the newspaper to thank Air Capital Flight Line

In a company-wide email, Spirit AeroSystems president and chief executive officer, Tom Gentile, wrote, "The owners, led by Dave Murfin and Johnny Stevens, have graciously let us use the ramp and adjacent Quonset hut hangar, to wrap and store the fuselages, which is enabling Spirit to continue producing at 52 APM."

Since, the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX jets, Spirit is producing at a higher rate than Boeing.

"The space to store those fuselages is a big deal around here because without places to store those fuselages, that may cripple our workforce to keep putting out product," said Cornell Beard, directing business representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 70.

Other neighbors have seen fuselages stacking up and were not surprised that Air Capital Flight Line is helping.

"It is a little bit of a tough time right now for Boeing. However, in the aviation community, there are ups and downs, and we always persevere. We always move forward and end up on top," said Teresa Day, executive director of the Kansas Aviation Museum.

The Spirit facility in Wichita builds a large portion of the 737 MAX.

A Spirit spokesperson said they have no plans for layoffs at this time.

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