AAR Celebrates Delivery of 500th Aircraft to Alaska Airlines
June 23, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 23, 2015 – AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces that it has reached a maintenance milestone -- delivery of the 500thaircraft to longtime customer Alaska Airlines. For 12 years, AAR has performed aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), including heavy checks and drop-ins, component repair and management, on Alaska’s fleet of classic Boeing 737s and 737NG narrow-body aircraft.
Most of the work has been performed at AAR’s MRO facility in Oklahoma City that has a service capacity ranging from 6 to 12 lines of maintenance, and performs approximately 1 million man hours a year at the facility; nearly 300,000 with Alaska Airlines. AAR provides two continuous lines of overhaul maintenance for Alaska and additionally handles between 50 and 75 drop-in visits annually for the airline.
AAR recently celebrated the milestone with its employees and Alaska Airlines executives at a reception at the 300,000-square-foot Oklahoma facility.
“We value the relationship and the trust that Alaska Airlines has placed in AAR to help ensure the safe and efficient operation of its fleet,” said Dany Kleiman, AAR Group Vice President – Repair and Engineering. “A special thanks goes to our employees. We owe this achievement to their dedication and leadership. We look forward to partnering with Alaska Airlines well into the future.”
AAR recently exercised the first of two option years under a five-year contract signed with Alaska Airlines in 2012. This year, AAR celebrates 60 years of excellence serving the aviation aftermarket and was named by ATE&M as the Best Airframe MRO Provider worldwide.
The Oklahoma MRO, AAR’s first aircraft repair station established in 1972, is one of six comprising AAR’s 1MRO Network of aircraft repair stations in North America. A seventh being designed to service next-generation aircraft is due to open next year in Rockford, Ill. The AAR “1MRO” approach leverages 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.
AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company that employs in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services.AAR’s Aviation Services include Parts Supply; OEM Solutions; Integrated Solutions; and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include Mobility Systems and Composite Manufacturing operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
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