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May 03, 2019

AAR named again to Forbes ‘America’s Best Midsize Employers’ for 2019

WOOD DALE, Illinois — AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading aviation services provider to commercial airlines and governments worldwide, has been named to Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Midsize Employers” for 2019.  This is the second consecutive year that AAR has been chosen for this award, which is based on an independent survey conducted by Statista polling over 30,000 U.S. employees.

“We are very excited to once again be named as one of America’s Best Midsize Employers. Our team is the foundation of everything we do at AAR,” said John M. Holmes, AAR President & CEO. “I am fortunate to work with such a talented group of people who share the same dedication to AAR’s core philosophy of ‘Doing It Right’ which guides every one of us every day.”

In the United States, AAR currently employs over 4,000 people, primarily aircraft maintenance mechanics, and has a total global workforce of approximately 6,000 people around the world.

“AAR has been able to retain the personal and engaged culture of a small company even as we have grown globally,” said Holmes. “Every business unit is connected and encouraged to share ideas on shaping our company’s operations, efficiency and work environment. We also provide expansive development opportunities to empower every team member to grow within the company.”  

To build and retain the best team in aviation, AAR invests in its employees’ professional growth and promotes from within. The company provides tuition reimbursement for continued education and certification, employee mentorship programs, learning development sessions, networking events, and frequent opportunities to directly connect with leadership.

Additionally, AAR offers competitive pay and a full range of insurance benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life, workers’ compensation, as well as a 401(k) plan, company-paid holidays and generous paid time off.

AAR is based in the Chicago area and has service facilities in Illinois, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, as well as operations worldwide. To join the best team in aviation, visit

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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