AAR Expands Its Cargo Capabilities Through New Collaboration With GATCO

WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS (September 17, 2010) — AAR has expanded its cargo systems capabilities through a collaboration with Global Aerospace Technology Corporation (GATCO). The two companies signed a joint statement of intent to collaborate on the development and marketing of narrow body cargo loading systems and components for freighter conversions. The agreement names AAR as a worldwide distributor and an authorized repair station for GATCO cargo systems components.

AAR Cargo Systems, headquartered in Goldsboro, North Carolina, holds more than 100 STC approvals from the FAA and EASA to perform modifications on a wide variety of in-service aircraft. GATCO is a disabled veteran-owned small business located in Chatsworth, California that holds over 50 FAA STCs and PMAs for cargo loading systems and components. Together, AAR and GATCO offer commercial and government/defense customers a competitive single source for a complete range of narrow body cargo systems and solutions.”

“We look forward to working with GATCO to offer our mutual customers custom-tailored solutions and faster response times,” said Vin Misciagna, Vice President and General Manager of AAR Cargo Systems. “Our agreement is broad in scope and allows for innovative collaborations across a broad range of cargo system and aerostructures opportunities.

Don Spengler, Vice President of Business Development for GATCO stated, “We are extremely pleased to be working with AAR Cargo Systems and expanding both companies’ product lines and capabilities. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with AAR Cargo Systems.”

AAR Cargo Systems, an operating division of AAR, specializes in the design and manufacture of in-aircraft cargo loading systems for commercial and military applications. AAR is a leading provider of value-added products and services to the worldwide aerospace and government/defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and government/defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Government and Defense Services. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

Global Aerospace Technology Corporation manufactures cargo loading systems, precision manufactured components, seat and floor panels, composite laminated products, barrier nets and straps, as well as other sewn goods. GATCO has been in business for over 50 years supporting airlines, airframe manufacturers, freight companies, as well as other customers in the aviation/aerospace, automotive, computer, medical, electronics and commercial industries. More information can be found at www.globalatcorp.com.