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AAR to Maintain Aircraft for U.S. Marshals Service

The MRO provider will support Boeing 737 aircraft used for prisoner transport out of Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

AAR has won an MRO contract with the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) valued at $51 million. Under the five-year contract, AAR will perform full maintenance and logistical support services for Boeing 737 aircraft used by the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) to transport prisoners and criminal aliens to detention facilities, courts and correctional institutions across 94 judicial districts. 

Three 737-400 aircraft will be supported out of USMS’ facility at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with backing from AAR’s Oklahoma City repair station. In addition, AAR will be supporting another 737-700 stationed at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. AAR will provide labor, supplies, tools material and equipment for maintenance of all four aircraft.

“AAR is proud to expand our trusted partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service,” says Stan Mayer, general manager of the company’s Oklahoma MRO operations. “AAR delivers mission-tailored services and capabilities based on commercial best practices that result in quality work and cost savings for the customer.”

The contract comes after more than three decades’ worth of work for USMS, with AAR providing aircraft maintenance, fixed-base operator services, and supply chain and depot services. In recent years, AAR has sourced and converted multiple 737 aircraft for the agency which are still flying today. According to a spokesperson for AAR, this work included aircraft procurement, heavy maintenance checks, full paint, landing gear overhauls and special interior modifications. Aircraft operated by USMS fly under the guidance of FAA Part 91 regulations for small non-commercial aircraft. 

In addition to work with the USMS, AAR provides service for two 737-400 aircraft operated by the Department of Energy.

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