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AAR Composites Selected for Las Vegas Monorail Car Bodies

22 June 2001


AAR Composites was awarded a contract with Bombardier Transportation to provide the design, engineering and manufacturing of the car bodies for the new monorail system in Las Vegas, Nevada. The monorail is scheduled to enter service in February 2004, and is expected to provide transportation for 19 million passengers in its first year of operation.

""AAR Composites is an ideal choice to design, engineer and manufacture composite structured projects for specialized transportation applications,"" said David P. Storch, AAR president and chief executive officer. ""We are pleased that Bombardier has selected AAR to be part of this very exciting program."" AAR Composites will craft each car body and nose unit from advanced composite materials. The company has developed a number of design innovations that allow the integration of many electrical and mechanical components and subsystems into the car body walls, saving significant cost and weight in its manufacture. ""AAR Composites was selected for our expertise in advanced composite materials, and the application of aerospace design in this unique transportation system,"" said Ron Kelner, AAR Composites president. ""The materials for the monorail program feature a positive strength-to-weight ratio compared to more conventional materials, as well as providing superior corrosion resistance and dimensional fidelity.""

The Las Vegas monorail will encompass seven stations, including two existing stations at the MGM-Grand Bally resort hotel, and will extend to a length of four miles on an elevate guideway. This project is similar to the AAR Composites program that provided the design and manufacture of frame bodies for the monorail system at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. AAR Composites, an operating unit of AAR, is based in Clearwater, FL and specializes in the design, engineering and manufacture of advanced composite materials for a range of applications where weight savings, dimensional strength and engineering flexibility are critical.





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