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November 28, 2022

AAR and WZL-2 celebrate support of USAFE F-16 fleet with ribbon-cutting ceremony in Poland

Piotr Skrzyński, President of WZL-2; Mark Brzezinski, U.S. Ambassador to Poland; and Jay Pereira, General Manager of Government Programs for AAR hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for AAR and WZL-2’s facility in Bydgoszcz, Poland on November 14.

Wood Dale, Illinois
— AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR), a leading provider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs, and OEMs, and Polish aviation leader Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze Nr 2 (WZL-2) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month for their new state-of-the-art aircraft overhaul facility in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

U.S. government personnel, including Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski, Polish government officials, and leaders from AAR and WZL-2 celebrated the official opening of a depot capability supporting the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) F-16 fleet. In addition to leveraging collaboration across AAR, WZL-2, and government partners to deliver consistent mission readiness for U.S. forces and allies, this operation is expected to offer job opportunities and economic growth to Poland.

“This celebration represents not just the opening of the facility, but the beginning of joint efforts to optimize fleet readiness and aircraft availability for the USAFE F-16 program,” said Jay Pereira, AAR’s General Manager of Government Programs. “In this critical time for regional security, AAR is excited to establish an industry-leading depot capability to support regional needs and enable USAFE forces.”

The AAR / WZL-2 team is working in partnership to leverage their strengths and talents in support of a successful program. AAR brings program management, maintenance, and supply chain management expertise, while WZL-2 brings industry-leading facilities and infrastructure. Adding their combined expert workforces, AAR / WZL-2 will accomplish some of the most challenging and complex maintenance tasks to keep the F-16 a lethal fighter aircraft supporting NATO. These tasks include F-16 avionic modification upgrades; structural modifications, repairs, and corrosion control; service life extension program (SLEP) modifications; as well as any other technical upgrades needed.

The facility has already inducted two F-16s for maintenance and repairs with plans to induct a third next month.

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About AAR
AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company with operations 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 operations. Additional information can be found at

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 which reflect management’s expectations about future conditions, including the ability to successfully engage in joint efforts to deliver consistent mission readiness for U.S. forces and allies, offer job opportunities and economic growth to Poland, and optimize fleet readiness and aircraft availability for the USAFE F-16 program. Forward-looking statements may also be identified because they contain words such as ‘‘anticipate,’’ ‘‘believe,’’ ‘‘continue,’’ ‘‘could,’’ ‘‘estimate,’’ ‘‘expect,’’ ‘‘intend,’’ ‘‘likely,’’ ‘‘may,’’ ‘‘might,’’ ‘‘plan,’’ ‘‘potential,’’ ‘‘predict,’’ ‘‘project,’’ ‘‘seek,’’ ‘‘should,’’ ‘‘target,’’ ‘‘will,’’ ‘‘would,’’ or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. 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. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, refer to “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. 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. 

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