WOOD DALE, Illinois, April 3, 2013 – Aerospace industry leader AAR (NYSE: AIR) is delivering new efficiencies and capabilities to its commercial airline customers via its 1MRO service delivery network, which integrates technology with maintenance and engineering protocols across five maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities nationwide.
AAR opened its northernmost MRO facility in Duluth, Minnesota, last November, complementing facilities in Indianapolis, Miami, Oklahoma City and Hot Springs, Arkansas. Empowered by AAR’s integrated IT systems, 1MRO (SM) employs the same procedures, quality assurance checks and performance tracking at all five locations. In a key value-add, AAR’s information technology interfaces easily with most airlines’ systems, streamlining project management and enhancing workforce productivity.
“1MRO creates a seamless experience for our customers,” said Dany Kleiman, Aviation Services Group Vice President – Repair and Engineering. “More locations mean more convenience. No matter where the work is done, our customers are able to navigate within a familiar framework and can expect consistent results. Our multiple sites combined with a wide range of additional services enable AAR to provide flexibility and creative turn-key solutions that enhance and complement our customers’ operations.”
In addition to its maintenance services, AAR offers cost-effective landing gear and engineering services that range from modifying existing systems to designing new solutions. AAR also offers a vast inventory of serviceable replacement parts and provides end-to-end supply chain, inventory management and exchange programs for commercial, military and government aircraft. By combining these services, AAR offers custom-tailored solutions for a variety of fleet types and operational challenges that enable airlines to operate more efficiently.
“While at a minimum, carriers require reliable, high-quality MRO services, they also have unique requirements based on their operations and fleet types,” Kleiman said. “We strive to provide a reliable, one-stop shop for all their maintenance, engineering, parts and material support, logistics and more.”
AAR will be exhibiting its full range of products and services for aviation customers at Aviation Week’s MRO Americas 2013 conference in Atlanta on April 16-18 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Through a series of strategic acquisitions and initiatives in recent years, AAR has become the largest independent provider of airframe maintenance in North America. Its growth is evidenced by an increase in man hours, from 3.1 million to over 4.5 million annually in the past two years.
AAR was voted the Best Airframe MRO Provider — The Americas in 2012, based on a survey of industry professionals by UBM Aviation, a leading provider of global aviation intelligence. AAR is a finalist for the same award this year. Winners will be announced in early May at the Aircraft Technology, Engineering & Maintenance Awards gala in London. AAR also has been named Aircraft Parts Supplier of the Year and ranked the No. 5 MRO in the world in an independent survey of 11,000 airline executives and industry professionals.
Connecting its nationwide 1MRO network is an integrated information technology system that streamlines tracking, quality assurance and completion of projects across its MRO facilities.
Industry leader to expand support for commercial airline customer
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.