Spirit AeroSystems makes first inboard flap for Airbus' A321XLR in Malaysia

Spirit AeroSystems makes first inboard flap for Airbus' A321XLR in Malaysia
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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 9): Spirit AeroSystems has produced the first inboard wing flap for the new A321XLR (Xtra Long Range) narrow-body commercial jet developed by Airbus in Malaysia. 

In a statement on Tuesday, Airbus said Spirit AeroSystems in Malaysia is the sole supplier producing inboard flaps for the A321XLR, which is a new long-range version of the best-selling single-aisle aircraft.

“The inboard flap is located along the trailing edge of the wings and helps secure greater lift during take-off and landing,” it said.

To mark the production of the first inboard wing flap in Malaysia, Airbus and Spirit AeroSystems held a ceremony at Spirit AeroSystems’ manufacturing facility in Subang, Selangor, on Tuesday.

It was attended by Spirit AeroSystems senior vice-president Airbus and business jet programmes Scott McLarty and Airbus chief country representative (Malaysia) Raymond Lim.

Lim said the footprint in Malaysia reflects the importance of the company’s place in the country, not only as a strategic market but also as a valued industrial partner, contributing to extended global enterprise.

“We are fully committed to our ongoing presence in the country and today’s event marks another milestone in our journey together,” he said.

As of the end of October 2021, Airbus recorded a total of 435 orders for the A321XLR across 22 customers worldwide.

The A321XLR is currently under development and will enter service in 2023.

It will be the longest-range single-aisle aircraft and will be able to fly up to 8,700 kilometres non-stop or about 10 hours.

The European multinational aerospace corporation said with 14 local partners and suppliers in Malaysia, the country represents Airbus’ biggest supplier base in Southeast Asia and is the fifth-largest supplier of Airbus composite parts worldwide.

Airbus, meanwhile, is the largest partner for the country’s aerospace industry. 

Important partners include Spirit AeroSystems, Composites Technology Research Malaysia, SME Aerospace, and Celestica. 

Today, “Made in Malaysia” parts are flying on almost all Airbus civil aircraft (A320 Family, A330, A350, A380), as well as the A400M military transport and the H130 helicopter.