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  • Joe Breitfeller

American Airlines Announces Major $550M Investment in Their Tulsa Maintenance Base

American Airlines announced Friday that they are investing $550M in their Tech Ops-Tulsa Base Maintenance facility. Tulsa is the carrier’s largest Base Maintenance facility an is integral in the service of the airline’s fleet of nearly 1,000 mainline aircraft.

American's CEO Doug Parker Announces $550 Million Investment in Tech Ops-Tulsa - Courtesy American Airlines

Today, American Airlines announced a major new $550 million investment in their Tech Ops-Tulsa Base Maintenance facility. Tulsa is the carrier’s largest maintenance facility and serves as an integral part of American’s maintenance infrastructure to service nearly 1,000 mainline aircraft. Tech-Ops Tulsa employs more than 5,500 American Airlines MRO professionals including 600 new positions which were added in 2019 alone.

The facility, which conducts around half of the airline’s maintenance work will be expanded with the construction of a new widebody hangar and base support building. The largest single maintenance investment in American’s history will also include upgrades to existing infrastructure including, roof replacement, utility and IT enhancements and ramp repairs. At Friday’s announcement ceremony at Tech Ops-Tulsa, American Airlines’ Chairman and CEO, Doug Parker said,

“The American team in Tulsa and around the world is the best in the business when it comes to operating the safest and most reliable fleet of commercial aircraft. Tulsa has been core to American’s operation for more than 70 years, and this investment in the base, along with the new positions we added at Tech Ops-Tulsa in 2019, will ensure our customers can continue to rely on our fleet as the safest and most reliable for decades to come.”

The new 193,000 square foot hangar will be capable of handling two widebody or six narrow-body aircraft simultaneously and will replace two existing hangars that the airline has outgrown. The 132,000 square foot base support building will house offices for administrative and engineering teams. In total, $550M project will take approximately seven years to complete and will include upgrades to nearly every building on the Tech Ops-Tulsa campus. Construction on the brand-new buildings will start in 2021 and are expected to be completed in about 18 months.

American Airlines operates 6,800 daily flights to over 365 destinations in 61 countries. Serving over 200 million customers annually, the airline has invested over $28 billion since 2013 in its people, products and services. The airline currently operates the youngest fleet as compared to the other large U.S. network carriers.

Source: American Airlines

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