AAR and Air Canada sign narrowbody MRO contract

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Air Canada has signed a five-year MRO deal with AAR to support its Airbus narrowbody fleet.

AAR will perform the work on Air Canada’s fleet of 89 Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s at its Duluth MRO facility. The firm has been supporting the carrier’s aircraft under a letter of intent first signed in October 2012.

AAR opened the 188,000ft2 (17,466m2) hangar in November 2012 and has performed maintenance on 100 aircraft there so far. The MRO operates three heavy maintenance lines there and plans to open a fourth this November.

Air Canada will begin replacing its Airbus fleet with the Boeing 737 Max in 2017, when it will receive the first two of 33 737 Max 8s and 28 Max 9s that will be delivered through 2021.