AAR Completes First Job; Needs to Fill 60 Additional Job Openings

By KBJR News 1

AAR Completes First Job; Needs to Fill 60 Additional Job Openings

December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- With AAR’s (NYSE: AIR) Duluth Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility now operational, the company announced that it completed and delivered its first aircraft Friday. AAR has also created more than 100 jobs in Duluth to date.

AAR officials say this marks a major milestone for the company's newest aircraft maintenance facility, which commenced operations last month, and sets the stage for the company’s next phase of growth in Duluth.

AAR is working to fill additional openings for 60 jobs at the facility. At full capacity, the formerly vacant 188-thousand-square-foot facility will employ as many as 225.

“We appreciate the dedication of the leadership team and the talented workforce who delivered this first aircraft,” said Dany Kleiman, AAR’s Aviation Services Group Vice President – Repair and Engineering. “We have made a significant investment in this facility and received great support from the City, the local community and our regulators. The company is excited about the prospects for this business and becoming a more important part of the Duluth community.”

AAR's first customer in Duluth was Air Canada. AAR will be servicing Air Canada's fleet of 89 Airbus A-320 Series Jets, creating a total of about 225 jobs with another 135 to come in the next year.

The agreement with Air Canada will provide service for the next five years.

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