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AAR Corp. (AIR - Get Report) shares advanced Thursday after the airplane-maintenance company handed investors a positive earnings-and-revenue surprise.

AAR shares took off on the news, rising 10% to $43.16.

For the fourth quarter ended May 31, AAR reported earnings of 64 cents a share, beating the 62-cent estimate of analysts surveyed by FactSet.

The profit showed a 33% increase over the year-earlier period, when the Wood Dale, Ill., company reported 48 cents.

AAR reported revenue of $562.7 million, up 19% from $473.5 million a year earlier. FactSet's estimate for the latest quarter: $529.5 million.

John McClain Holmes, president and chief executive, cited double-digit organic-sales growth and "continued strength in our parts supply and programs activities."

Aviation services saw an 18% revenue increase "driven by strong demand for both new and aftermarket parts as well as successful execution on the WASS program and other government programs," the company said in a statement.