Associated Air Center Meets Robust Business Growth with Long-Term Planning/Capital Improvements

Geneva, Switzerland – May 21, 2013 – Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero’s Large Transport Category VIP Completions Center in Dallas, Texas, is taking a strategic position in managing what has become a robust growth cycle over the past 12 months, beginning with the award of a green Airbus A330-200 VVIP interior completion in April of 2012 and followed up, most recently, with the green delivery of a Boeing 747-8i series aircraft for a Head of State interior completion.

With the growth in customers for both narrow body/wide body completions and maintenance work, AAC has doubled its workforce over the last year to nearly 500 skilled artisans, to accomplish the significant ramp up of customer work scopes.

In addition, the company has and is continuing to expand its facility footprint to accommodate more and larger aircraft in its hangars. This growth and expansion has been driven by successful bids on numerous completion projects that are currently underway in the facilities or scheduled to be delivered in the near future.

“For several years now, we have been actively engaged in re-engineering many of our internal processes to create more workflow capacity and ensure the highest product quality,” said Chris Schechter, Vice President & General Manager, Associated Air Center. “From the development of unique processes expediting turnaround time, to re-evaluating and re-energizing our supplier partnerships, to investments in the latest tooling and our vertically-integrated business model, we have increased our throughput capability and made significant improvements in our product quality. These, coupled with our facility expansion and on-going ramp up in key skill positions, are allowing us to effectively respond to an increase in demand now and well into the foreseeable future.”

Associated Air Center provides world-class program management and ODA certification authority to keep airplane programs on schedule and provides industry-leading experience and warranty support after delivery. The company’s vertically-integrated, state of the art facility employs the most advanced engineering in the industry along with operational excellence and superior customer service from start to finish.

StandardAero will be exhibiting at the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention and Expo (EBACE), May 21– 23, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland; Booth 2047.

Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero’s Transport Category VIP completion center in Dallas, Texas, is the global leader in BBJ completions and the most experienced completion company in the industry. Authorized by both Boeing and Airbus, AAC offers full completion capabilities for both narrow body and wide body aircraft, including maintenance, refurbishment, modifications and upgrades. AAC’s vertically-integrated, state-of-the-art facility provides world-class interior design, engineering and completion capabilities, engine and airframe MRO and ODA certification authority. Founded in 1948 as Associate Radio, the company has served the VVIP market and global Heads of State for over six decades.

StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components, energy and VIP completions markets. A Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company, StandardAero provides a global service network of 13 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, along with an additional 50 sales and field service locations. The company celebrated its 100th year of industry leadership in 2011.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd is a globally recognized aerospace company specializing in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, aircraft completions and aircraft leasing. The Company is headquartered in Dubai and operates in four continents and employs over 4,000 people. More information can be found on the company’s web site at