American Airlines (American) has been awarded US$22 million from the State of Oklahoma’s Business Expansion Incentive Program. The funds, to be received over the course of three years, will be used to further grow and improve the airline’s maintenance base and engine repair and overhaul facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tech Ops – Tulsa). With this investment, the airline has announced more than US$400 million in enhancements at the maintenance base over the last three years.
The funds are in addition to American’s recent US$31.6 million capital investment in the engine shop to modernise machinery and an ongoing multi-million-dollar improvement project at Tech Ops – Tulsa.
Tech Ops – Tulsa has served as the principal location for airframe and engine maintenance and overhauls for American’s aircraft since 1946 and is one of the largest commercial aviation maintenance bases in the world. Located on 246 acres of land at the Tulsa International Airport, Tech Ops – Tulsa includes approximately 3.3 million ft² of building space, six hangars with 24 aircraft bays and 22 support facility buildings. Nearly 5,000 team members are currently employed at the base and more than 800 of the airline’s aircraft visit the facility annually.
Additional investment leads to lucrative new career opportunities
As a direct result of these new investments, the airline is hiring more than 300 new team members at Tech Ops – Tulsa to boost existing engine repair and overhaul work. Positions include licensed airframe and powerplant mechanics, engineers, machinists, welders, maintenance planners and more. (£1.00 = US$1.28 at time of publication)