American Airlines Hopes To Save $95-Million On Maintenance Costs

Thursday, September 7th 2006, 12:20 pm
By: News On 6

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ American Airlines hopes to save $95-million a year and reduce flight delays by improving productivity at ten line-maintenance facilities at US airports.

The airport centers usually do lighter work, while major overhauls are performed at maintenance bases in Fort Worth; Kansas City, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company previously said it planned to save about $1-billion with productivity improvements and new revenue at the three big bases.

American has tested some of the changes at seven airports this year. It hopes to meet the $95-million maintenance goal by the end of 2008.

The target was selected after a two-day meeting of management and union leaders last month.

The airline also told employees this week of plans to save more money by further simplifying operations at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago's O'Hare international airports. The Fort Worth-based airline began spacing out flights more evenly in 2003 in an effort to improve passenger flow.

Planes will also spend more time on the ground between flights at other airports.