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AAR gets FAA OK for 6th aircraft repair station

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LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Wood Dale-based AAR Corp. says it has Federal Aviation Administration approval to begin repairing, maintaining and overhauling aircraft at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and a company official said Aug. 9 that AAR was taking over the lease of Aeroframe Services and would hire 250 of that company's employees. AAR says it plans to add another 500 workers by 2017.

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Its 520,000 square feet of space can handle up to seven wide-body or 10 narrow-body aircraft. The airport began a $21 million project for another 118,000 square feet in June.

Lake Charles is AAR's sixth hub, expanding the company's ability to service wide-body aircraft. The other hubs are in Indianapolis, Miami, Oklahoma City, Duluth and Hot Springs, Ark.

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