AAR Receives Certification Needed to Open in Duluth
Posted at: 10/15/2012 9:15 AM
| Updated at: 10/15/2012 10:17 PM
DULUTH, Minnesota, October 15, 2012 – AAR, the leading North American provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to commercial airlines announced Monday that it has passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification approval process for a new aircraft maintenance facility in Duluth.
The certification process is a key regulatory milestone that paves the way for AAR to commence operations.
AAR currently maintains MRO facilities in Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Miami and Hot Springs, Arkansas, which operate as part of the Company’s nationwide “1MRO” network.
“The Duluth facility extends AAR’s industry-leading position as the top provider of aircraft maintenance services in North America.” said Timothy J. Romenesko, President and Chief Operating Officer of AAR CORP. “The new operation is designed to be efficient and scalable, enabling us to start with a single line of maintenance and quickly expand to accommodate additional work.”
AAR expects the 188,000-square-foot facility to operational with a launch customer by December and anticipates that it will be running at full capacity within a year.
They'll be using the former Northwest Airlines maintenance base.
AAR has already begun hiring in Duluth and has immediate openings for additional aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs). “We appreciate the tremendous collaboration of the FAA, Duluth Airport Authority, local officials and economic development teams for their assistance in securing our regulatory approval and preparing the facility for operations,” Romenesko continued.