Senior executives at Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. (SPR) said yesterday that the level and complexity of design changes is “abating” on the delayed 787 program. Spirit supplies key parts for the 787 as well as other aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, and like other contractors is seeking compensation for program delays. “The complexity of the changes is abating…substantially,” said Chief Executive Jeff Turner after Spirit’s third-quarter earnings fell short of expectations, sending its shares down sharply. Chief Financial Officer Phil Anderson said he expected the 787 program to turn cash positive for Spirit next year if the existing delivery schedule

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