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Collage of images from Aviall warehouse.

Collage of images from Aviall warehouse.


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Aviall's History

While Aviall leads the market with its global distribution of parts and innovative technology in the aviation and aerospace sectors, the company's roots trace back to modest beginnings in the early 20th century.

Aviall was founded by West Point alumnus and Army Air Corps veteran Edward "Doc" Booth in 1933 in Dallas, TX at Love Field's old Hangar 1. This one-stop sales and service shop for private and executive aircraft would soon become the Aviall we know today, though there were many transitions in the intervening 80 years.

World War II and the mid-20th century

During the 1930s, Doc Booth partnered with former airplane mechanic Louis Bollo to form Standard Aircraft Equipment. By 1934, when the company was known as Booth-Henning, Inc. after new partner Hal Henning, the company had established itself among pilots and plane owners throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

At the onset of World War II, the company was known as Southwest Airmotive Co. and played an important role in the war effort. Love Field became an essential refueling stop for pilots flying across the country. During this time, Southwest Airmotive Co. also began growing into the business that would make Aviall an internationally-known name for parts distribution. As the war came to a close, the Southwest Airmotive Co. gained traction in the growing business aviation sector and was also awarded its first government contract when the U.S. Air Force hired it to perform a piston overhaul.

Becoming Aviall

As the 20th century progressed and technology developed, Southwest Airmotive Co. remained in the forefront of aviation technology to keep up with its growing business. Along the way, it merged with several other companies to become Cooper Airmotive, took on business from helicopters and aimed to form the largest independent engine services agency in the aviation and industrial markets.

By 1981, a private investment group purchased Cooper Airmotive, and the company adopted the name "Aviall." Since that time, Aviall has had a laser focus on keeping our technology up-to-date to best serve our customers. The enterprise resource planning system, state-of-the-art warehouse management system and call center, among other things, are designed to ensure that every customer receives the part and service that they need.

In 2006, Aviall was acquired by The Boeing Company, another step in its global expansion. Today, Aviall reaches across the world with a network of 40 stocking locations.

No matter what your aviation or aerospace company needs, we'll be able to provide you with the right part right away.

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