INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (September 5, 2012) – AAR (NYSE: AIR) has received design approvals from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Europe’s airworthiness authority, to perform custom interior modifications for Boeing 717-200 aircraft operated by a startup European airline.
AAR’s design modifies the 717-200 aircraft from a two-class configuration into a high-density one-class configuration. The modification also includes installation of certified slim line seats for the first time for this aircraft type.
AAR Engineering Services developed the design and managed the processes to obtain both the FAA and EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approvals, while working closely with the seat manufacturer in its certification efforts. Additionally, modification of the prototype aircraft was accomplished at AAR’s maintenance facility in Miami, Fla.
“Customers appreciate AAR’s ability to offer full turnkey solutions,” said Ron Eaton, Vice President, AAR Engineering Services. “AAR provides seamless integration services, from engineering design and program management to modification kits, certification and installation. We’re a one-stop shop for our customers’ aircraft modification needs.”
AAR Engineering Services provides a wide range of high-quality, cost-effective technical services, specializing in interior reconfigurations, structural and systems modifications, and avionics upgrades requiring FAA or other regulatory agency approvals.
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 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.
AAR was recently voted the Best Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Provider in the Americas, ranked the No. 5 MRO in the world and named Aircraft Parts Supplier of the Year in independent surveys of airline executives and industry professionals.
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The new design also increases the aircraft’s total oxygen capacity to provide more than 180 minutes of oxygen in the event of cabin depressurization due to smoke or fire procedures.
AAR's Technology Products team designed, tooled, manufactured and qualified the interior at the Company’s Composites facility in Clearwater.
AAR expects the 188,000-square-foot facility to operational with a launch customer by December 2012 and anticipates that it will be running at full capacity within a year.