Published on May 27th, 2023 | by Jenny Jacobs


Spirit AeroSystems Expand in Belfast

Aerospace company Spirit AeroSystems has said it is expanding in Belfast and hiring 100 people. Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aeroplanes, defence platforms and business and regional jets. With expertise in aluminium and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons and nacelles. Spirit also serves the aftermarket for commercial and business and regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the US, UK, France, Malaysia and Morocco.

Site leader Ciara Kennedy said: “We need talented people to help build the future of aviation. Our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce is unwavering, and we look forward to welcoming new team members who share our passion for excellence.” Ms Kennedy said that Spirit would provide training at the company’s skills centres for qualified applicants who are hired but do not have aerospace experience.

The company said it offered “regional and industry-leading pay and benefits” Base pay rates for the positions start at £28,500, rising to £31,200, with a 36-hour working week. Ms Kennedy added: “Spirit is committed to the growth of our Belfast site. Over the last year, Spirit Belfast has grown by over 500 people. “We are also benefiting from the recovery in the airline industry with passenger levels back at pre-Covid levels and production rates up over 20% in 2022 and we expect to do the same in 2023.” 

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Jenny has been involved behind the scenes with Flying In Ireland since it’s foundation in 2002, initially creating the crosswords for the hard copy magazine. Since returning to Ireland from the UK at the beginning of this year she has begun to write more regularly for the website. Jenny is a director and the operations manager of a dedicated online pilot supplies shop and consultancy for pilots in Ireland in partnership with FlyingInIreland Editor Mark Dwyer. Their 4 year old daughter Maeve is the boss.

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