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Press release

September 30, 2015

AAR Selected for 2014 NDTA Corporate Distinguished Service Award

Government contractor recognized for airlift support of U.S. DoD, NATO operations in Afghanistan

WOOD DALE, Illinois, September 30, 2015 – AAR (NYSE: AIR) has been named the recipient of the 2014 NDTA Corporate Distinguished Service Award by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA). The award recognizes AAR’s Airlift division for its support of a strong and efficient global transportation and distribution system in support of the economy and national security of the United States.

AAR provides highly specialized airlift to support national security and humanitarian relief operations, transporting personnel, mail and supplies in support of contingency operations worldwide. Last year, AAR’s Airlift division provided rotor-wing and fixed-wing airlift support to U.S. Department of Defense forces in Afghanistan, Africa and the Western Pacific. In recent years, AAR has been the largest independent provider of airlift services in Afghanistan. Since 2007, Airlift has also provided offshore vertical replenishment (VERTREP), search and rescue (SAR), and humanitarian aid support services to Military Sealift Command’s 5th and 7th Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Indian and Western Pacific oceans. Military Sealift Command (MSC) is the leading provider of ocean transportation for the Navy and the U.S. DoD, operating approximately 110 ships daily around the globe.

Last year, AAR expanded its presence into East, Central and West Africa in support of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) operations, where the company provides fixed-wing, rotary-wing, personnel recovery and CASEVAC flight operations.

The award was presented today during the NDTA-USTRANSCOM fall meeting at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Fort Washington, MD, and accepted by Randy J. Martinez, AAR’s Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. NDTA’s mission is to foster a strong and efficient global transportation system to support national security.

"AAR is extremely proud to be recognized by the NDTA for being an integral part of our government’s logistics capability and for supporting our men and women serving their country in austere environments far from home," said Steven B. Harrison, President of AAR Airlift. "This award recognizes the significant contribution of our tactical airlift mission in delivering supplies to the front lines, the excellence of our air and ground crews, and the trust they have earned supporting critical Department of Defense operations."

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

Media contact: Daniela Pietsch, Vice President Corporate Marketing & Communications, at 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.

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