Sep 4, 2013 5:40 AM by AP
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - AAR Corp. says it has Federal Aviation Administration approval to begin repairing, maintaining and overhauling aircraft at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and a company official said Aug. 9 that AAR was taking over the lease of Aeroframe Services and would hire 250 of that company's employees. AAR says it plans to add another 500 workers by 2017.
Its 520,000 square feet of space can handle up to seven wide-body or 10 narrow-body aircraft. The airport began a $21 million project for another 118,000 square feet in June.
AAR, based in Wood Dale, Ill., Lake Charles is its sixth hub, expanding its ability to service wide-body aircraft. The other hubs are in Indianapolis, Miami, Oklahoma City, Duluth and Hot Springs, Ark.