AAR Corp. embarks on expansion of maintenance facility in Oklahoma City – Travel And Tour World

AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR), a prominent provider of aviation services to both commercial and government operators, MROs, and OEMs, commenced the expansion of its maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in Oklahoma City earlier today. Over 150 representatives from AAR, Alaska Airlines, state and local government, as well as partner organizations supporting the endeavor, gathered to commemorate the groundbreaking of AAR’s new three-bay facility adjacent to the Company’s existing site at Will Rogers World Airport.

The new facility, meticulously designed, will furnish AAR with over 80,000 square feet of additional hangar and warehouse space, tailored to accommodate all variants of the 737, including the 737-10. AAR’s expansion in Oklahoma City underpins an augmented maintenance commitment from Alaska Airlines, a cherished client for over two decades. It is anticipated that the new airframe MRO facility will be operational by January 2026.

Substantial funding for the project has been facilitated through a grant secured by Oklahoma legislators, with the remaining balance to be covered by rent concessions from the airport.

Prominent figures at the groundbreaking ceremony featured John M. Holmes, AAR’s Chairman, President, and CEO; Don Wright, Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering at Alaska Airlines; Grayson Ardies, State Director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission; Lt. Governor Matt Pinell; Senator Paul Rosino; Jeff Seymour from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce – Economic Development; Terry Salmon, Chair of the Oklahoma City Airport Trust; and Jeff Mulder, Director of Airports for Oklahoma City.

Holmes shared, “Today’s groundbreaking has been made possible thanks to collaborative efforts across AAR and Alaska Airlines, partnerships with Oklahoma City Airport Trust, and state and local representatives who are passionate about expanding aviation in Oklahoma. We are especially excited about creating 200 additional full-time careers with AAR, which we expect to fill through local technical schools and workforce development partners who create opportunities through aviation-centric programming, such as Choose Aerospace.”

“The Oklahoma City Airport Trust is excited to partner with AAR to expand its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul operation at Will Rogers World Airport. This expansion of AAR’s MRO operation provides more hangar capacity at OKC, along with more aviation jobs for our community,” said Jeff Mulder, Oklahoma City’s Director of Airports.

“This groundbreaking isn’t just about constructing a hangar. It’s about cultivating an excellent experience for all involved. JE Dunn is honored to bring our construction expertise and leadership and partner with The Oklahoma City Airport Trust (OCAT) to support the business growth happening in our city,” said Jason Bishop, JE Dunn’s Vice President – Oklahoma City, who is leading the construction effort.

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