AAR is hiring

This is all due to the fact the American Airlines had to go bankrupt. American is laying off some 13,000 mechanics. AAR will to doing contract maintenance on the American fleet which will save the company money in the long run.

Feb. 29– Greg Dellinger is looking for a few hundred good men and women.

photo: AAR Corp

On Thursday, Dellinger, recruiting director for AAR Corp., the nation’s largest third-party aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, will conduct a job fair from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Airport, 7728 E. Virgin Court.

The hotel is a couple hundred yards south of Tulsa International Airport’s passenger terminal.

“We’re very excited to come to Tulsa,” Dellinger said. “With everything swirling around American Airlines’ bankruptcy, it may be an opportunity for some folks.”

Executives at American, which employs 5,600 mechanics and related work groups at its Maintenance & Engineering Center in Tulsa, said the company must lay off 13,000 people, including 4,600 mechanics — 2,100 of them in Tulsa — and reduce costs by $2 billion annually to emerge from bankruptcy and compete successfully in the airline industry.

AMR Corp., the parent of American, has lost more than $11 billion in the past 10 years.

But Dellinger said where there is a crisis, there is opportunity.

AAR, which operates MRO facilities in Oklahoma City, Hot Springs, Ark., Indianapolis and Miami, Fla., wants to hire 310 mechanics, sheet metal workers and radio/electronic technicians, Dellinger said.

AAR’s recruiting director said the company is hiring:

–120 people in Oklahoma City, where the company employs 650 people.

–120 workers in Indianapolis, where AAR has 1,200 workers.

–57 people in Miami, where the company employs 600 people, and

–13 workers in Hot Springs, where AAR has 150 people.

Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR employs 7,500 people companywide.

Dellinger said the non-union company pays competitive wages and treats employees fairly and respectfully.

“Perhaps folks could take a look at our facility in Oklahoma City — it’s a car ride (away),” he said. “American Airlines is a great airline, and in our opinion, what makes a great airline is great people. With things changing (at American), I would like to present opportunities for people in Tulsa.”

AAR Corp.

Headquarters: Wood Dale, Ill.

Employees: 7,500

Revenue: $2 billion

Stock symbol: AIR

Web:

D.R. Stewart 918-581-8451

don.stewart@tulsaworld.com

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