October 6, 2017: AAR, a leading provider of aircraft maintenance and integrated supply chain solutions worldwide, headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois, United States celebrates 50 years of component repair work in Europe. The announcement was made at the region’s prestigious industry aggregation, MRO Europe.
In 1967, AAR opened a component repair facility – Allen Airmotive in Amsterdam, marking the Company’s first international expansion.
“Starting with the legacy of Allen Airmotive and Jan Van Den Berg, AAR has had an important position in Amsterdam/Hoofddorp providing component repair to airlines and militaries in the region,” said David P. Storch, AAR Chairman and CEO. “I have always been impressed with the great team and spirit of the Amsterdam employees and am proud of the work we produce and the progress we have made over the years.”
The facility and its employees have constantly received accolades, including being ranked No. 1 among all Component Source of Repair facilities by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) and the International Aerospace Management Company (IAMCO) earlier this year. AAR has received this prestigious recognition three times since 2005.
“I am extremely proud of the support we have been able to provide our customers through our 50 years in Amsterdam,” said Ken Hein, AAR executive VP, Group Operations. “I am looking forward to our team’s ability to provide a quality product to our growing commercial and military customer base for many years to come.”
In 2016, the Aircraft Component Repair facility in Amsterdam underwent a major renovation that more than doubled the capacity of the previous footprint. The upgrade required hiring additional personnel to work on a longer list of parts and systems. In 2013, AAR Aircraft Component Services – Amsterdam was the first private-sector organisation to receive certification from the Military Aviation Authority of the Netherlands (MAA-NLD) for maintenance.
"Fifty years of innovative, entrepreneurial spirit in a changing environment provides confidence in securing a better future for all employees," said Eric Bron, General Manager of the Amsterdam facility.