Congratulations to Spirit AeroSystems, whose festive send-off of the 5,000th Boeing Next-Generation 737 fuselage on Wednesday stood out as a proud moment in an otherwise unsettling week for aviation in Wichita. The murkiness of the future was underscored by the layoff notices at Bombardier Learjet and the raging rumors about Spirit’s plans for its parts fabrication and non-Boeing assembly work. But it was great to pause and celebrate the contributions of Spirit’s workforce and Wichita to the astonishingly enduring success of the 737.
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