AAR Selected by GE Aviation to Upgrade Main Landing Gear Door Actuator
Aerospace leader will be designated service center for worldwide Airbus single aisle retrofit program
MIAMI, July 8, 2013 – AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) has been selected by GE Aviation as an Authorized Service Center to retrofit the main landing gear door actuators on A318, A319, A320, and A321 aircraft with improved hydraulic actuators.
AAR will handle the work at its Landing Gear Services MRO facility in Miami. That 128,000-square-foot site added tooling capabilities and manpower to ensure that it could meet the requirements of GE’s program, which includes a 10-day turnaround time, and the needs of A320 customers. AAR had to go through a rigorous selection process, more than a year in the making that included on-site visits by GE and demonstrations of its tooling capabilities.
“The fact that we were selected by GE as a servicer for this important program speaks to the professionalism of our shop and our stellar reputation as an MRO in the aerospace industry,” said Pastor Lopez, Vice President, Aircraft Components and Landing Gear Services. “Our ability to handle a high capacity of units and perform all the work in-house was also a major plus.”
AAR will work chiefly with airlines in North, Central, and South America on upgrading the landing gear door actuators on their A320s, but Lopez said the company could wind up servicing customers based in Africa and Asia, as well. “Since it’s a small part, not the whole landing gear, it’s easy for them to ship it to us,” he said.
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.
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