Daily Archives: Feb. 11, 2014

Airbus Americas posts jobs for Mobile assembly line

Airbus has posted its first hourly manufacturing positions for its assembly line in Mobile, Ala., the planemaker said Tuesday.

Airbus is looking for aircraft structure/installation mechanics, installers for aircraft cabin furnishings and aircraft electricians.

Last year, Airbus broke ground for an assembly line for its A320 family of commercial airplanes in Mobile. Major construction has begun.

Successful candidates will have two weeks of pre-employment training. If successful with the training, they will go for on-the-job training in Hamburg, Germany, Toulouse, France, and possibly Tianjin, China, before returning to Mobile for work.

Starting pay for all the positions range from $13 an hour to $22 an hour plus benefits based on skills, experience and education.

Hiring for manufacturing jobs will continue throughout 2014, the company said.

Spirit AeroSystems CEO receives pay, incentive raise

Spirit AeroSystems’ board of directors has increased the compensation of Larry Lawson, the company’s CEO and president.

The board raised Lawson’s annual base salary from $1 million to $1.05 million.

In addition, Lawson will be entitled to receive an award under Spirit’s Long Term Incentive Plan for 2014 and 2015 with a value equal to 435 percent of his annual base salary.

That’s an increase from 400 percent.

The change was listed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

On Thursday, Spirit, Wichita’s largest private employer, recorded a net loss of $587 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, in part because of additional charges on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program.

That compares to a profit of $61 million for the same time a year ago.

Spirit took a total of $546 million in pretax charges during the fourth quarter on a variety of programs.

For the year, Spirit recorded a loss of $621 million, compared to a profit of $35 million in 2012. Revenue for 2013 increased 10 percent to $6 billion.

For 2014, Spirit is forecasting revenue of $6.5 billion to $6.7 billion, based on Boeing’s 2014 delivery guidance of 715 to 725 commercial airplanes. Airbus is expected to deliver similar levels.

Yingling Aviation modifying King Air for EagleMed medical flights

Yingling Aviation in Wichita is in the midst of converting a Beechcraft King Air B200 for critical care emergency medical flights for EagleMed.

It’s Wichita-based EagleMed’s 16th King Air dedicated for air medical transport.

Yingling is removing the executive interior and installing air ambulance advanced life support systems approved for medical operations, according to EagleMed.

Workers are also installing a new forward cabinet for medical supplies, an aft cabinet for stretcher storage and supplies, side-facing passenger seats, LED lighting, a tracking system and a custom designed cabin intercom system.

The plane will be delivered later this month.

The pressurized turboprop is capable of flying in instrument conditions at a speed of 265 nautical miles per hour and has a range of about 800 miles round trip.