ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — More big business is flying into Rockford’s airport. AAR announced on Thursday it has reached a deal with United Airlines.
The company will perform airframe maintenance on United’s Boeing 737 fleet.
“It’s going to bring some stability to our network and also to Rockford as a whole,” said AAR Rockford’s VP of Operations Troy Primus.
Planes will be worked on AAR’s facility at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.
“As Rockford continues to make that positive trend, growing economics, a lot of things going on at the airport with other companies here, AAR wants to be part of that and continue to grow,” said Primus.
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara says aerospace companies based at RFD have contributed to significant economic growth for Rockford over the past few years and expects the agreement to keep that momentum.
“This means that we now have that anchor tenant for maintenance and repair that we’ve long wanted, and will only help to continue to grow our Rockford airport as that place to be and do business with,” said Mayor McNamara.
Local students could also stand to benefit. AAR partners with Rock Valley College to provide mentoring and job shadowing experiences for students studying aviation maintenance, as part of the Eagle Career Pathway program.
“Sometimes, we get graduates, they tend to go elsewhere looking for work. I think with the long-term deal being here in Rockford, it’s going to give them the opportunity to look at Rockford and not leave and go elsewhere to go for that long-term career,” Primus added.
Around 250 jobs will be reportedly added as a result, 80 of which are expected by June. The deal runs through 2025. AAR’s MRO facility first opened back in 2016.