Aircraft maintenance provider AAR Aircraft Services is considering relocating to a base to Duluth – a move which could create up to 250 aviation jobs for the area.
The possible move is due to the aviation company – whose major clients include Delta Airlines and United Airlines – planning an expansion by creating its fifth maintenance, repair and overhaul base. The maintenance base under consideration in Duluth was formerly occupied by Northwest Airlines.
City officials told the Duluth News Tribune that the area was now on a Midwestern shortlist to be the new base for AAR’s expansion. AAR already has such base in Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida.
Since Northwest Airlines moved out of the base in 2005, it has lain empty and tracking down a new use for the premises has been of paramount importance for locals and city officials.
AAR’s vice president of technical services, Danny Martinez, told the Duluth News Tribune, “The Duluth facility is well equipped to meet our building needs. The city, the state, and their development partners have stepped up with assistance tools to help us get off to a strong start.”
Some of the potential positions that could be on offer include maintenance workers, airframe and power plant mechanics and quality control inspectors.