PARIS, June 17, 2013 – U.S.-based AAR, a leading provider of aviation services and technology products for commercial and defense customers, has expanded its parts supply and cargo/transport capabilities across Europe and Asia with a diverse mix of products and services.
At the 50th International Paris Air Show, visitors to the AAR booth in the U.S. Pavilion (Hall 3, Stand B117) will learn more about the Company’s European distribution hub, lightweight transport solutions and cargo loading systems available through its European subsidiaries Telair International and Nordisk Aviation Products. AAR will also showcase its technology products solutions for commercial and government customers, as well as its airlift capabilities, from one of the leading providers of personnel and cargo transport in austere environments such as Afghanistan and Africa.
Combined with its close-to-the-customer business model, AAR helps commercial and military customers operate more efficiently, lower costs and maintain high levels of quality, safety and service.
“AAR is excited to be among the industry’s best at the Paris Air Show and to have the opportunity to highlight how our operations are expanding across Europe and in other parts of the world,” said AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch, who will be attending. “We are already a major provider of supply chain, cargo and transport solutions to airlines in the European market and look forward to identifying new customers as we expand across the region.”
Through its subsidiaries Telair International and Nordisk Aviation Products, AAR provides a full line of advanced cargo loading systems and lightweight transport containers that offer exceptional fuel savings and help airlines reduce their carbon footprint. Nordisk uses Kevlar, a synthetic fiber and steel substitute, to produce the lightest weight ULDs (Unit Load Devices) on the market – as much as 30 percent lighter than aluminum containers. The Norway-based subsidiary has facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States, and is used by almost every airline operating wide-bodied aircraft.
Telair, based in Miesbach, Germany, is the premier one-stop-shop for the design and manufacture of advanced cargo handling systems and aftermarket services for the world’s passenger and freighter airlines.
Telair, which also has operations in Sweden and Singapore, is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for both Airbus and Boeing, in addition to supporting more than 50 carriers worldwide.
AAR recently ramped up its parts availability in Europe at a new distribution hub in Amsterdam, reducing lead times and shipping costs for its customers. With the acquisition of Airinmar, AAR expanded its high-value repair management services that support commercial airline customers around the world. AAR ranks among the Top 5 MROs in the world. Its growth is evidenced by an increase in man hours, from 3.1 million to 5 million annually in the past two years.
AAR is widely recognized for its support of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, from machining and fabrication to modifications and aftermarket support. At the Paris Air Show, the Company will also showcase services offered by its Airlift division, including personnel and cargo transport for national defense. AAR is the leading independent provider of tactical and expeditionary airlift to the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan and, in the past year, was responsible for transporting more than 422,000 passengers and 41.5 million pounds of cargo and mail to the region.
AAR Airlift specializes in providing safe and compliant operations in ta variety of operating environments, and has the capability to provide expeditionary airlift support for commercial applications as well, including food aid and disaster relief in high, hot, and remote environments that require specialized expertise and experience. AAR Airlift has provided expeditionary airlift and specialized aircraft modifications in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso and other locations in Africa and the western Pacific.
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. AAR also has been named Aircraft Parts Supplier of the Year in an independent survey of 11,000 airline executives and industry professionals.
AAR is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.