Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems, a subassembly provider to Boeing 737 and other commercial programs, are practicing for a narrowbody production rate of 57 aircraft a month in Wichita, Kansas. Spirit’s fabrication unit already is getting into rate 57 production, according to Spirit president and CEO Tom Gentile. But the rehearsals—which were Boeing’s idea—are across the board and have helped identify needed changes before Boeing officially declares the ...

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