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A new deal worth up to $125m for AAR Corporation to set up an MRO joint venture in South Africa to provide South African Airways Technical (SAAT) with component inventory management and repair services will boost South Africa’s MRO industry and increase access to Africa-based MRO services for carriers throughout the continent.
  
It also will help satisfy a strategic objective of South Africa’s government to extend aviation services contracts to black-owned firms that are certified as broad-based black economic enterprise (BBBEE) businesses.
 
The five-year, power-by-the-hour (PBH) deal has seen AAR set up a joint venture with South Africa-based, BBBEE company JM Aviation South Africa to support South African Airways’ fleet with nose-to-tail component and repair management. The joint venture began operations on October 1.

Tagged AAR, SAAT, MRO, PBH, aftermarket

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AAR Building International Supply-Chain Business

AAR has landed several supply-chain contracts with low-cost and regional carriers in the past few months, adding over 200 aircraft to more than 1,000 already under contract, notes Deepak Sharma, president of AAR International Supply Chain. “Many more deals will be announced soon.”

Recent AAR Supply Chain Integration agreements have been made with Europe’s Volotea, Poland’s Enter Air, Africa’s LCC fastjet, flydubai and CommutAir. The company has enhanced customer service by establishing a sales team at Gatwick and a base of operations in Africa. “Our teams are closer than ever to our customers,” Sharma stresses. 

Through its global network, AAR now offers nose-to-tail management of components and repairs for most types flown by LCCs and regional carriers. Integrated Supply Chain Solutions includes flight-hour support, aggregating consumables and expendables, and 24 by 7 AOG support. Flight-hour programs can include rotable pools, management of inventories, repairs and reliability, plus warehousing and logistics. Selected services may be charged per hour or at fixed prices.

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AAR Acquires Sonic Aviation

Aftermarket specialist AAR has confirmed the acquisition of aircraft painting stripping and washing business Sonic Aviation.  

It said buying Sonic Aviation, which is headquartered at Miami International Airport, will complement its own aircraft painting business while adding a new capability across its five North American repair stations along with it global parts supply and repair business.

Sonic’s strip and wash services also includes ground support equipment.

AAR’s growth in Europe is continuing at pace after the signing of another power-by-the-hour (PBH) component inventory management and repair services contract with Polish low-cost carrier (LCC) Enter Air.

Announced yesterday (September 5), the deal will see AAR provide with services on 19 of Warsaw-based Enter Air’s 737 aircraft, comprised of the classic and next-generation variety. While PBH announcements are common, the geographical location is another boon for a firm that has started similar agreements with a number of LCCs in the past few years.

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