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AAR Completes Acquisition Of Avborne Heavy Maintenance, Inc.


AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Avborne Heavy Maintenance, Inc. (Avborne), an independent provider of aircraft heavy maintenance checks, modifications and painting services located in Miami, Florida. The newly acquired business will operate as part of the Company’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) segment as AAR Aircraft Services - Miami.

The acquisition significantly increases the Company’s MRO capacity, workforce and capabilities. The move adds 226,000 square feet of modern hangar space at Miami International Airport and 467 aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs), increasing AAR’s hangar space by 22 percent and bringing the total number of AMTs at AAR to more than 2,000 worldwide.

“We’re very impressed with the strong management team, skilled workforce and the high levels of customer satisfaction that they’ve achieved at Avborne,” said David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP. “The acquisition expands our capacity and capabilities at a time when airlines are seeking ways to operate more efficiently, lower their operating expenses and combat the rising cost of fuel.”

AAR achieved a 26% compound annual growth rate in its MRO segment over the past three years and was ranked among the top 10 MROs in the world according to a 2007 study conducted by Aviation Week’s Overhaul and Maintenance magazine.


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