WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS (October 18, 2012) — AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Air Canada to provide airframe maintenance services for the airline’s Airbus A320 series aircraft.
The LOI calls for AAR to perform regularly scheduled airframe maintenance and modifications that will enable Air Canada to efficiently maintain its approximately 89 Airbus narrow-body aircraft. AAR and Air Canada are working together to finalize the terms of a five-year agreement for the work to continue through September 2017.
The work is commencing at the Company’s aircraft maintenance facility in Miami and is planned to be transitioned to the Company’s new AAR Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in Duluth, Minnesota over the next year.
“Air Canada is a flagship carrier in North America with a reputation for excellence and providing a superior flight experience for its passengers,” said Dany Kleiman, Aviation Services Group Vice President – Repair and Engineering. “Our team is excited about contributing to Air Canada’s efficient operations and the LOI is an important step forward as we prepare to provide multiple services that will enable the airline to operate its fleet safely while maintaining their high levels of passenger service.”
AAR was recently named the Best Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Provider in the Americas, the #5 MRO in the world and Aircraft Parts Supplier of the Year in independent surveys of airline executives and industry professionals.
AAR provides MRO services from facilities in Indianapolis, Miami, Oklahoma City and Hot Springs, Arkansas and is in the process of standing up a new MRO facility in Duluth, Minnesota. AAR offers turnkey aircraft support solutions as part of its “1MRO” approach. The Company leverages its diverse maintenance, engineering and technical capabilities to offer airlines customized, integrated services that lower costs, increase asset availability and ensure high levels of quality, safety and service.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flagship carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2011 served more than 33 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in the United States and 63 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,356 destinations in 193 countries.
AAR is a leading provider of value-added products and services to the worldwide aerospace and government and 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 two operating segments: Aviation Services and Manufacturing & Systems. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
AAR Aircraft Services: Aircraft maintenance, inspection and repair; major airframe modifications and upgrades; avionic services and installations; structural repair; exterior and interior...
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.
Connecting its nationwide 1MRO network is an integrated information technology system that streamlines tracking, quality assurance and completion of projects across its MRO facilities.
This success marks a major milestone for AAR's newest aircraft maintenance facility, which commenced operations last month, and sets the stage for the company’s next phase of growth in Duluth.