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AAR to buy two MRO sites and inks deal with Air Canada

US maintenance provider AAR will acquire two MRO facilities in Canada from Premier Aviation, marking the latest in a series of recent international moves made by AAR.

The planned acquisitions by AAR include Premier's MRO sites at Trois-Rivières Airport in Québec, which is about 140km (87 miles) from Montreal, and at Windsor International Airport in Ontario, which is near Detroit, says AAR in a 19 September media release.

AAR declines to specify the price it expects to pay to purchase the sites.

Premier opened the Trois-Rivières site in 2002 and expanded to facility to an area of 150,000ft2 (13,935m2) in 2011. The site can accommodate seven narrowbody aircraft, AAR says.

Premier opened its 143,000ft2 Windsor site in 2012, and also has facilities in Quebec City and Rome, New York, according to Premier's website.

Separately, Air Canada and AAR have also disclosed their signing of a C$500 million ($408 million) deal under which AAR will maintain the airframes of some 125 aircraft for the carrier at the Trois-Rivières facility.

The deal calls for AAR to maintain Air Canada's Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s for 10 years and its Embraer 190s for five years, the companies say.

These planned acquisitions mark the latest international expansion by AAR, which is based in Wood Dale, Illinois, near Chicago O'Hare International airport.

In 2015, the company sold its cargo-handling division and sought to focus more directly on aviation services such as MRO, executives said at the time.

Since then, AAR has signed MRO agreements with airlines worldwide, including Flydubai, Asiana, Air New Zealand, VivaColombia, Viva Air Peru and others.

This year AAR has opened a parts warehouse in Shanghai and announced plans to open a parts site in Dubai. It announced expansion in Europe through a major deal with airline company ASL Aviation Holdings.

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