AAR celebrates completion of 200th aircraft at Duluth facility
AAR has announced a maintenance milestone at its Duluth repair station – completion of the 200th aircraft for customer Air Canada. AAR marked the occasion today inside the hangar with aerospace executives, Mayor Don Ness and local elected and economic development officials. AAR is also marking three years doing business in the Duluth region, where it has contributed $47 million annually to the regional economy and encouraged investment in the state’s aviation infrastructure.
The aviation sector in the Duluth region is projected to grow by 20 percent through 2022, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. In recent years, the region has employed more than 50 percent of the state’s aviation maintenance and manufacturing workers. AAR has contributed greatly to that figure. In November 2012, it reopened an abandoned 188,000-square-foot aircraft hangar. Today, the Duluth facility supports three lines of aircraft maintenance and 385 full-time jobs.
At Thursday’s ceremony, AAR’s Dany Kleiman, Group Vice President – Repair and Engineering, reiterated AAR’s commitment to the region, and local officials echoed sentiments that AAR in Duluth is a great fit. Duluth was equally attractive to the Company for its rich talent pool of aircraft maintenance professionals.
“AAR is grateful to the City of Duluth, Mayor Ness and all of the people who have contributed to the success of this industry-leading, public-private partnership,” Kleiman said. “Together, we have created a best-case scenario for how government and industry can work together to revitalize a sector that’s vital to our GDP and economically empowering citizens. We deeply appreciate the dedication of AAR’s 385 employees in Duluth for their commitment to excellence and safety.”
“Duluth’s aviation sector is booming, thanks in part to AAR’s investment,” said Mayor Ness. “AAR has been a great partner and outstanding employer providing hundreds of skilled jobs. We congratulate AAR on delivery of the 200th aircraft and anticipate much success through the next 100.”
Earlier this year, AAR was awarded an expansion of its contract with Air Canada to provide aircraft maintenance and component repair, adding seven aircraft to its current cost-per-flight-hour agreement and extending it through 2023. The Duluth facility is dedicated to the commercial carrier’s narrow-body Airbus fleet, exclusively servicing A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
“APEX is very proud of our ongoing relationship with investor-member AAR,” said Brian Hanson, APEX President & CEO. “When we first met the AAR team, it was evident that this dynamic company would be a catalyst for the regional aviation industry. AAR’s commitment to growth has resulted in 385 jobs, stronger local educational offerings in aviation careers, and impressive investment. Thank you, AAR, and congratulations on your 200th plane delivery.”