Rockford, Illinois News

Aviation company bringing up to 250 jobs to Rockford airport

ROCKFORD — AAR a leading provider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs and OEMs, has signed a multiyear agreement to perform airframe maintenance on United Airlines’ narrow-body aircraft fleet at its MRO facility at the Chicago Rockford International Airport.

This agreement supports the continued growth of the facility and the local Rockford workforce. AAR also supports airframe maintenance work for United at its facility in Miami.

Over the next few years, AAR expects to add up to 250 high quality, year-round aviation maintenance technician jobs in Rockford.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with United Airlines and the city of Rockford,” said said AAR President & CEO John Holmes. “We began operations in Rockford four years ago and have built a track record of solid performance. We are very proud to have secured this long term contract with United.”

AAR will continue to leverage its EAGLE Career Pathway Program with a nationwide network of schools which includes Rock Valley College. The EAGLE Program provides a direct pathway to aviation technician jobs at AAR´s facilities as well as providing mentorship opportunities for students while they are enrolled in their Airframe and Powerplant program. In addition, AAR has engaged with Rockford Workforce Connection (RWC) through a variety of solutions to grow the number of technicians as well as supporting specialized training in the aviation field.

AAR provides MRO services from facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Quebec and Ontario.