Tulsa Could Eventually Benefit From American Airlines Plane Buy - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Tulsa Could Eventually Benefit From American Airlines Record Plane Order

Posted: Updated:
Picture of Airbus A320. [Airbus] Picture of Airbus A320. [Airbus]

Staff and Wire reports

FORT WORTH, Texas -- American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years and splitting the order between aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus.

American's parent, AMR Corp., said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing. It will also take options and purchase rights for up to 465 additional planes through 2025.

Read AMR news release.

Sources at Tulsa's American Airline's maintenance facility at Tulsa International Airport say this purchase from Boeing and Airbus should have no immediate impact at the Tulsa facility. The impact should come in about 5 years when those planes need maintenance. 

Tim Smith, a spokesman for American Airlines, said the new fleets won't arrive to America until 2013 and then there will be a lag time before they need maintenance.

The last time American had Airbus in its fleet was early 2009 and those were maintained in Tulsa.

The airline expects the new, better-mileage planes will save money on fuel and provide more enticing amenities to passengers.

The parent company of American also announced it expects to spin-off regional carrier American Eagle, but it still won't completely rule out a sale.

AMR Corporation didn't offer a timeframe for the plan, announced Wednesday. American Eagle carries passengers from smaller cities to American Airlines hub airports.

AMR, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, says making American Eagle an independent company allows it to compete to provide regional service for other big airlines and grow larger. All major U.S. carriers use smaller airlines to run their regional flights.

As it proceeds with the spin-off, AMR says it remains open to other options, including a sale, as the deal moves forward.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • 6 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.