AAR Flight Operations extends contract in Afghanistan

United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has issued AAR´s (NYSE: AIR) Airlift Group subsidiary an extension on an existing contract for rotary wing services in Afghanistan.

The extension, which is valid for up to nine months of service, is currently funded for a period of six months at a total value of USD33.5 million. Under the contract, which was first awarded in September 2010, Airlift Group provides maintenance, logistics, and flight operations for four rotary wing aircraft conducting passenger and cargo movements in support of US Central Command forces.

Airlift Group provides expeditionary airlift services in support of contingency operations worldwide. The company provides passenger and cargo transport, air ambulance, night vision operations, search and rescue (SAR), airdrop, and other special mission services.

AAR Airlift Group includes Rotorcraft Services, a provider of engineering and design for rotorcraft modifications and completions, asset sales, component repair, life cycle support programs, and field maintenance.

AAR Airlift´s fleet of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft serves defense and NGO customers in Afghanistan, Africa, the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, and now the Falkland Islands. Since 2005, AAR Airlift Group has flown more than 242,000 hours, delivering over 302 million pounds of mail and cargo, and transporting more than 1.9 million passengers in remote and austere locations around the globe.

AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 4,500 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services.