WICHITA, Kansas, March 14 /PRNewswire/ --

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) announced Rolls-Royce as the customer for one of its previously awarded business jet contracts. Spirit has been selected to design and build the nacelle, thrust reverser and engine build up components for the Rolls-Royce BR725 engine; a contract worth in excess of US$600 million. Spirit will also support the aforementioned products in the Rolls-Royce Corporate Care Program throughout the life of the airplane. The BR725 is the selected engine for Gulfstream's recently-announced G650 business jet.

"Spirit's propulsion expertise makes us a prime choice for product development such as this," said Mike King, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Spirit's Propulsion Segment. "We are thrilled to supply to Rolls-Royce and look forward to continuing our relationship with them."

This propulsion package introduces new technology in the design and manufacture of the thrust reverser including highly integrated composite assemblies which provide significantly enhanced acoustic performance and new door concepts. The technology also offers optimum performance including fuel efficiency and unparalleled reverse thrust.

"Spirit has established itself as a leader in the integration of propulsion systems in the commercial market. This is a great opportunity for us to apply that experience and knowledge to an entirely new market," King said.

Spirit won the contract through a global competitive bid process. The components will be designed and manufactured at the company's Wichita, Kan., facility.

About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems is the world's largest independent supplier of large component parts and assemblies for commercial aircraft. The company does work in military and general aviation, as well as aftermarket customer support. In addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has operations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla., Prestwick, Scotland, and Samlesbury, England.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may vary materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed in Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Web site: http://www.spiritaero.com

Debbie Gann, Corporate Communications of Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., +1-316-519-7340