AAR Corp, largest independent aircraft maintenance provider in America, is facing shortage of mechanics to support its services. The US based AAR Corp has maintenance facilities in more 100 countries and employ around 5,500 strong workforce.
“We experienced some labor pressure at two MRO facilities”, AAR President John Holmes said on a recent earnings call.
The AAR is looking for FAA certified mechanics and has launched “recruiting initiatives” programs in which the experienced mechanics will train the new recruits.
There has been a demand for certified mechanics in the industry, but as being the largest private MRO, the AAR is feeling the pinch at first in its 5,500-strong workforce includes 3,000 employees at its five U.S. heavy maintenance facilities.
According to recent Airline Economic analysis, the global demand for aircraft mechanics will overshoot the supply by 2022 and there will be a demand rise of 10% more mechanics by 2028. Currently there are around 209,000 aircraft mechanics in US alone, but the demand will surpass the supply in five years.