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Press release

September 24, 2014

AAR Awarded Navy Contract for Airlift Operations in West Africa

Airlift Group to provide personnel recovery services based in Niger

WOOD DALE, Illinois – AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces the Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) has awarded a contract to its Airlift division to provide personnel recovery airlift services in West Africa. The total value of the contract is approximately $49 million, inclusive of all option periods. 

AAR Airlift will provide personnel recovery, casualty evacuation, (CASEVAC) and search and rescue (SAR) services in support of U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) using rotary-wing and short takeoff and landing fixed-wing platforms. The aircraft will be based in Niamey, Niger, and will service an area of responsibility encompassing a 500-mile radius to include parts of Ghana, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Nigeria. 

“AAR Airlift is extremely proud to support America’s service members in this critically important mission. We have an extensive history of operations in sub-Saharan Africa and a very distinguished record of providing fixed- and rotary-wing search and rescue, and personnel recovery operations in austere environments, as well as over-water,” said Randy J. Martinez, President and CEO, AAR Airlift Group. “Together with our comprehensive aviation services in Uganda, the Central African Republic and surrounding areas, Niger represents an important element of our Africa strategy.”

NAVSUP provides Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint and Allied Forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through sustained global logistics and quality-of-life support to warfighters. USAFRICOM is one of six of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) geographic combatant commands and is responsible for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. 

AAR Airlift provides expeditionary airlift services in support of contingency operations worldwide.  The company provides passenger and cargo transport, aeromedical services, night vision operations, search and rescue, and other special mission services. AAR Airlift’s fleet of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft serves the U.S. DoD in Afghanistan, Africa and the Western Pacific.

About AAR

AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering services and component repair. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions. More information can be found at

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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.

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