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2017-05-13

AAR Opens Parts Warehouse in Dubai

AAR, a leading global aftermarket solutions company that supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services, has opened a parts warehouse at Dubai World Central (DWC) Airport. The supply chain hub closes the gap between essential aircraft components and the growing list of commercial and regional carriers operating in the Middle East.
 
AAR leverages its partnerships with industry-leading OEMs such as Eaton, Unison, UTAS, Meggitt and Lord to stock the warehouse with a wide array of factory-new aircraft components that are powering aircraft in the Middle East today. So when an operator has an aircraft on the ground, they can now get the needed part quickly.
 
“We recognized a need in the region to improve support and reduce lead times for customers and to help our OEM partners better serve local operators while reducing their overhead burden,” said Paul Richardson, AAR Vice President of Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
 
The warehouse is a natural extension of AAR’s growing presence in the Middle East. AAR has a dedicated sales team based in the World Trade Center in Abu Dhabi and has expanded its supply chain and Airlift offerings in the region where both military and commercial aviation activity is growing.

AAR recently signed a multimillion-dollar contract to provide power-by-the-hour (PBH) component inventory management and repair services to the expanding airline flydubai. On the government side, AAR provides tip-to-tail Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for the Afghan C-130 fleet.
 
AAR to provide IndiGo up to 49 full ship sets for A320s
 AAR also signed an agreement with India’s largest airline, Interglobe Aviation Limited (IndiGo), to provide support for landing gear overhaul services. The contract includes up to 49 full ship sets of A320 landing gear, as well as assemblies and subassemblies, for the next five years.
 
 The agreement expands AAR Landing Gear Services’ footprint in the Asia-Pacific region and spearheads a relationship with the growing low-fare carrier, which AAR currently supports through exclusive components upon request. IndiGo currently operates 129 aircraft, which fly to 42 domestic and five international destinations.
 
 AAR Landing Gear Services delivers comprehensive and cost-effective landing gear, wheels and brakes solutions to more than 40 commercial and military aircraft types, narrow-body and wide-body. Services include everything from complete overhauls to minor repairs, component machining, plating and painting. AAR maintains a complete inventory of OEM parts, wheels, brakes and accessories. AAR also offers on-wing service and deploys Tiger Teams to handle on-site situations around the world.
 
 “Our quick turnaround times are one of the reasons we’ve landed several maintenance and repair contracts with low-fare and regional carriers in the past few months,” said Rahul Shah, AAR Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth and Business Development, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
 Scott Ingold, Vice President and General Manager, AAR Landing Gear Services said: “We are eager to extend our value proposition to a key player in one of the most important aviation markets in the world today.”
 
 IndiGo’s Chief Aircraft Acquisition & Financing Officer, Mr. Riyaz Peermohamed, said: “IndiGo prides itself on its on-time performance and technical dispatch reliability. AAR’s global presence and quick turn-around times will help IndiGo to continue to maintain its global standards and customer expectations.”
 
AAR lands USAF contract
AAR also won a $909,394,297 fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force for the Landing Gear Performance-Based Logistics One program. Work expected to be completed by 2032.
 
“This award is affirmation of AAR’s expertise and leadership position forged over 30 years in managing the repair, maintenance, and logistics of landing gear,” said John Holmes, Chief Operating Officer, Aviation Services. 
 
AAR will provide total supply chain management including purchasing, remanufacturing, distribution and inventory control to support all Air Force depot and field-level, foreign military sales, other services, and contractor requisitions received for all C-130, KC-135 and E-3 landing gear parts.
 
“AAR is a strong fit to serve as prime on this contract because we can utilize our broad range of services and facilities across the country to overhaul landing gear for these three fleets,” said Nicholas Gross, Senior Vice President, Government Supply Chain Solutions.
 
Repair work will be done at AAR’s Landing Gear Services facility in Miami. Inventory supply and management will be handled via AAR offices and warehouses in Wood Dale, Illinois, and Ogden, Utah.
 
“This contract is another great example of how AAR can apply commercial MRO and supply chain best practices to help the government increase efficiencies and decrease costs,” said David P. Storch, Chairman, President and CEO. 
 
AAR’s Aviation Services, the fastest growing segment, provides integrated supply chain solutions for military customers and commercial airlines. The company provides comprehensive fleet support solutions around the world including managing complex supply chain solutions for multiple aircraft types including C-130’s, C-40s, F-16’s, F-18’s, AV-8s, and AWACS among others.

AAR’s support in this area covers a comprehensive and globally deployable capability including tip-to-tail Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) in remote locations such as Afghanistan under both Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR employs more than 4,500 people in over 20 countries. 
 

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