AAR has signed an agreement with the Chennault International Airport Authority to open its sixth North American aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Lake Charles, La., at Chennault International Airport. AAR will occupy approximately 520,000 sq ft of MRO service and administrative space at the facility and will be capable of supporting maintenance operations for all widebodies. The facility can accommodate up to seven widebodies or 10 narrow-bodies, and construction is under way for an additional 118,000 sq ft of space that will allow the MRO to accommodate aircraft as large as the Airbus A380.
AAR initially will employ approximately 250 and anticipates hiring 500 more at the facility by 2017. The new operation significantly expands AAR’s capabilities, enabling the company to accommodate a greater variety of aircraft and expand its aviation services business.
Commenting on the signing, AAR chairman and CEO David Storch said: “I want to thank Gov. Jindal, the airport authority and the state’s economic development agency for partnering with us and moving swiftly to reach this agreement. We look forward to becoming a vital part of the Louisiana business community and helping to elevate Lake Charles’s position as an aviation center of excellence.”