AAR Showcases its Diverse Rotorcraft Airlift Capabilities at Heli-Expo

March 5, 2013

No. 1 provider in Afghanistan exhibits services for government and commercial operations

LAS VEGAS – AAR (NYSE: AIR), the leading independent provider of tactical and expeditionary airlift to the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan, will showcase its diverse mix of capabilities for rotorcraft – including personnel and cargo transport for national defense, homeland security, humanitarian aid and commercial applications – during the Heli-Expo 2013 trade show in Las Vegas.

AAR Airlift, based in Melbourne, Fla., is a Part 135- and CARB-certified airline and charter service specializing in providing safe and compliant operations in a variety of operating environments. Among its current operating locations are bases in Afghanistan from which AAR services dozens of Forward Operating Bases, serving as the largest independent provider of airlift to the U.S. Transportation Command.

AAR Airlift has the capabilities 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. Last year, AAR Airlift was responsible for transporting more than 422,000 passengers and 41.5 million pounds of cargo and mail in Afghanistan, including conducting sling loads of greater than 5,000 pounds at high altitude and over extensive distances.

“AAR Airlift has a proven track record of customer satisfaction and high operational reliability operating in harsh and austere conditions,” said Randy Martinez, President, AAR Airlift Group. “Heli-Expo is an excellent opportunity to introduce our capabilities to more commercial operators and markets, including mining, oil and gas, forestry and other resource extraction, particularly in Africa, South America, and other areas where transportation infrastructure is limited.”

In addition, “The Company’s extensive experience with seagoing vertical replenishment for the U.S. Navy makes AAR Airlift a strong fit for the offshore oil and gas exploration market,” Martinez said.

Combining its renowned engineering and Part 145-repair center capabilities, AAR’s Airlift Group is also capable of modifying aircraft to customer specifications. AAR is a leading supplier of products and services for rotorcraft operators and manufacturers, including supply chain, component repair, cargo systems, interiors and aerostructures.




About AAR

AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people 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; maintenance, repair, overhaul; and engineering. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include mobility systems and composite manufacturing operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

Media contact: Daniela Pietsch, Vice President Corporate Marketing & Communications, at editor@aarcorp.com or +1 630-227-5100. 

This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors”, included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2018. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company’s control. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.