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Nordisk selected to provide lightweight Containers to Emirates Airlines

Innovative Lite product line contributes to fuel savings and reduced emissions

HOLMESTRAND, Norway, April 2, 2012 – Nordisk Aviation Products, a subsidiary of AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR), announced a new, three-year contract to supply nearly 6,000 Nordisk UltraLite® AKE (LD3) and Nordisk TwinLite AKE (LD3) containers to Emirates Airline. The agreement supports Emirates’ long-term commitment to improve fuel efficiency through lighter-weight Unit Load Devices (ULDs) without comprising structural integrity.

“Emirates has been committed to reducing the ULD tare weight of a number of years and we have been actively seeking suppliers who can help us to achieve our goal. At only 56 kg the Nordisk UltraLite AKE is by far the lightest alternative in the market today”, said Clive Clemson, Vice President, Emirates Airport Services.

Emirates procured its first 700 UltraLite containers in 2004 with a tare weight, the weight of the container when empty, of 62 kgs. Since then, the airline has been testing different products from several vendors and has been steadily replacing its aluminum AKE fleet with the lower-tare-weight composite panel containers.

"With the delivery of this new order, half of Emirates' AKE fleet will be lightweight composite panel containers, which will play an important role in optimizing payload especially on our ultra long-range flights", continued Clive Clemson. "Nordisk's innovation has enabled Emirates to set ourselves apart in the industry through improved fuel efficiency and state-of-the-art ULD design."

"We have had the pleasure of supporting the Emirates team for many years, and appreciate the opportunity to take part in their fuel savings and reduced emissions," said Peter Grau, Nordisk's Vice President of Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa. "A critical component of Nordisk's success has been significant investments in research, design and product engineering. We have led the industry in designing the most technologically advanced, lightweight ULDs that provide operators with high-strength, lower-weight alternatives to traditional ULD products".

Nordisk's Lite product line includes the Nordisk UltraLite, the world's first certified LD3 container with a standard configuration weighing on 55 kg; the Nordisk TwinLite; and the Nordisk AluLite, all of which offer significant weight and fuel savings.

For more information about Nordisk Lite, contact Peter Grau, Vice President of Sales, EMEA, at +45 4020 6607 | peter.grau@nordisk-aviation.com

About Nordisk Aviation Products
Nordisk is a supplier of air cargo equipment (ULD) to the global commercial aviation industry. Based in Norway, Nordisk has facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States, and is used by almost every airline operating wide-bodied aircraft, enabling huge amounts of cargo and baggage to be transported safely and securely. Nordisk was acquired by AAR in December 2011.

About AAR
AAR is a leading provider of value added products and services to the worldwide aerospace and government/defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and government/defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Government and Defense Services.

 

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