Global Aerospace Logistics Signs Strategic Services MOU with AAR to Enhance Support for the UAE Armed Forces

November 13, 2017

DUBAI, U.A.E, November 12, 2017 - Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL), a subsidiary of Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), and AAR, a global aviation aftermarket service provider, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop enhanced support services for the UAE Armed Forces. 

GAL is expanding its role with the Joint Aviation Command to include Performance-Based Logistics (PBL), and agreements with companies like AAR provide unique and relevant past performance and proven processes that can be transferred to GAL and the UAE. Under this agreement, AAR will provide working knowledge of PBL programs to reduce overall risk and greatly enhance the operational readiness of fully mission-capable aircraft at an overall cost savings for the UAE Armed Forces.

GAL is a key supplier of professional aerospace and defense maintenance services and support for the UAE, and the execution of this agreement further enhances its role as a provider of routine and urgent customer support services for the UAE Joint Aviation Command – including new spare parts, repairs, training and technical publications.

AAR provides integrated supply chain solutions to both commercial and government customers worldwide with over 1600 aircraft under contract. AAR recently won a landing gear PBL contract with the U.S. Air Force and this agreement enables the Company to share its expertise in the Middle East.

“GAL is extremely pleased to work with AAR as flexible partner with a history of success,” said Mr. Ammar Al Ozaibi, GAL’s Chief Executive Officer. “GAL believes very strongly in leveraging the experience of global leaders like AAR to build capabilities in the distribution, repairs, and support of military operators. AAR brings a level of sophistication and experience to GAL that reduces both risks and costs for the end user. This agreement will allow us to shorten our initial start-up time, which will undoubtedly prove invaluable to GAL, EDIC and the Joint Aviation Command. Together, GAL and AAR will meet and exceed operational needs of the UAE Joint Aviation Command, ensuring efficient and effective maintenance of the entire fleet of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft operated in the United Arab Emirates.”

“AAR is honored to be chosen to share our performance-based logistics expertise with GAL,” said John Holmes, President and Chief Operating Officer, AAR. “AAR has a long history of providing aviation services to the UAE government, and we are excited to build on our past performance in this growing aviation market.”

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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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