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American Airlines awarded $22m to improve Tulsa maintenance facility

American Airlines awarded $22m for Tulsa maintenance base enhancements
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American Airlines has been awarded $22 million from the State of Oklahoma to grow and improve the airline’s maintenance base and engine repair and overhaul facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tech Ops – Tulsa).

The funds are part of the State of Oklahoma’s Business Expansion Incentive Program and will be received over the course of three years.

With this investment, American Airlines has announced more than $400 million in enhancements at the maintenance facility over the last three years.

Greg Emerson, American’s vice president of base maintenance and facilities, said: “We graciously thank Governor Stitt, Lieutenant Governor Pinnell and the State of Oklahoma Department of Commerce for recognising the important work our team does and appreciate their investment in the future of our Tulsa maintenance base.

“American Airlines has a long, rich history in Oklahoma and this investment in our Tech Ops – Tulsa facility and team members ensures a bright future for years to come.

“We’re also eager to add more than 300 new team members to our team in high-paying jobs as a result of this investment, further bolstering our presence in the Tulsa community.”

The funds are in addition to American Airlines’ recent $31.6 million capital investment in the engine shop to modernise machinery and an ongoing multi-million dollar improvement project at Tech Ops – Tulsa.

Matt Pinnell, Oklahoma Lt. governor and secretary of workforce and economic development, said: “For Oklahoma’s business sector to succeed, we must support the existing companies that are right here in Oklahoma.

“Because of resources like the Business Expansion Incentive Program and the P3 Pooled Finance Program, Oklahoma companies will strengthen and grow, boosting local economies and moving our state forward.”

Tech Ops – Tulsa has been the principal location for airframe and engine maintenance and overhauls for American Airlines’ aircraft since 1946 and is the largest commercial aviation maintenance base in the world.

Located across 246 acres at the Tulsa International Airport, Tech Ops – Tulsa includes approximately 3.3 million square feet of building space, six hangars with 24 aircraft bays and 22 support facility buildings.

Approximately 5,000 team members are currently employed at the base and more than 800 of the airline’s aircraft visit the facility annually.

American Airlines states that as a direct result of these new investments they are 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, with total annual compensation packages of nearly $120,000.

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