StandardAero will close its its large transport category VIP completions center at Dallas Love Field at the end of the year.
StandardAero has concluded that it is no longer economically viable to operate its Associated Air Center (AAC). A statement from the company said: “Current and future work volumes do not support the fixed costs necessary to operate the facility. In addition, the limited pipeline for new business opportunities, excess industry capacity and slowing demands in the VVIP aircraft marketplace have all contributed to this decision. The decision also aligns with the company’s near-term growth strategy and actions to strengthen StandardAero’s portfolio by expanding its core engine MRO capabilities.”
Associated Radio opened its hanger at Dallas Love Field In 1948 to install radio equipment into military aircraft that were being converted for civil use. Increased business led to an increase in MRO work and the company changed its name to Associated Air Center (AAC) in 1968. More recently it specialised particularly in work on Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) aircraft.
AAC will complete obligations on current contracts, service warranties and finish projects committed to existing customers. The announcement stated that: “The company will maintain as many employees as necessary to ensure customers are properly supported until all projects have been completed.”