AA Moving Jobs to Tulsa

American Airlines could eliminate 600 jobs at its maintenance base in Kansas City and move part of its aircraft to Tulsa, a union official told the Kansas City Star.
Gordon Clark, the president of Transport Workers Union Local 530, said that two-thirds of American’s hourly employees at its Kansas City overhaul base could be gone by January, based on the airline’s decision to shift more work to its biggest maintenance base in Tulsa.
AMR Corp., American’s parent company, lost $1.45 billion in the second quarter. It lost $328 million in the first quarter.
The Kansas City Star said Wednesday that Fred Cleveland, American’s vice president of base maintenance, sent employees a letter, explaining that work in Kansas City would be reduced to operating a single wide-body hangar next year, eliminating the possibility of future work coming to smaller hangars at the base.
Cleveland said work on Boeing 757s and 767s that American originally had scheduled for Kansas City will move to Tulsa. American will keep one or two 767 repair lines in Kansas City, Cleveland wrote. Current work on three other aircraft lines in Kansas City will be completed by year’s end, said Tami McLallen, a spokeswoman for the airline.
Cleveland did not specify how many jobs would be eliminated in Kansas City.
American bought Kansas City Maintenance Base in 2001. Originally part of TWA, American acquired the base at Kansas City ( Mo.) International Airport as part of a package for the acquisition of certain TWA assets.
The Kansas City Base is now home for all major maintenance work on American’s fleet of B76-200s and certain B757 aircraft. The Base also does overhaul work on all of AA’s CFM-56 engines, and performs modifications on various American Airlines aircraft, and aircraft of other carriers. American has nearly 800 employees at the Kansas City Base. About 720 of them are licensed aircraft and jet engine mechanics. The Base plays an important role in Kansas City’s economy.
Last month, American said that 1,300 hourly and 200 salaried jobs in its maintenance department would be eliminated this year because of capacity cuts caused by the sharp rise in fuel prices earlier this year. That was part of the 6,800 jobs companywide that American planned to eliminate.



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