LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana, September 3, 2013 – AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) has secured FAA approval to begin operating an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Lake Charles, just weeks after announcing the agreement to lease the site.
The facility, which expands AAR’s capabilities for servicing wide-body aircraft, becomes the sixth hub in the company’s 1MRO service delivery network. AAR says in a news release that it is the largest independent provider of MRO services in North America. The FAA approval formally signifies that AAR is equipped with the tools, training, data and worthiness to commence operations.
“We appreciate the support of the FAA as well as the enthusiastic welcome AAR has received from Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Chennault International Airport Authority, Mayor Randy Roach and the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance,” said Dany Kleiman, Aviation Services Group Vice President – Repair, Engineering and Technology Products. “As a global aerospace leader, we are proud to be able to further invest in the region’s prosperity by offering good jobs to skilled workers, with great results for our customers.”
AAR initially will employ 250 people to work at the facility, located at the Chennault International Airport. It expects to employ an additional 500 by 2017 as it ramps up operations across approximately 520,000 square feet of service and administrative space. The facility can accommodate up to seven wide-body or 10 narrow-body aircraft. Construction is under way for an additional 118,000 square feet of space.
AAR also operates a parts logistics and distribution center at Chennault airport in support of the U.S. Air Force’s KC-10 program as part of a team led by Northrop Grumman.
The new facility joins AAR’s 1MRO network, with hubs in Indianapolis, Miami, Oklahoma City, Duluth and Hot Springs, Arkansas.
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.
The Lake Charles MRO has now received its own operating certificate bringing the total number of FAA-certified AAR repair stations to 14.
No. 1 provider of aircraft maintenance in North America enters wide-body market with a 6th MRO location.