American Airlines keeps maintenance work in-house, on-shore

10/21/2009 | National Public Radio

While many carriers are sending their maintenance work offshore, American Airlines is "sticking with its own crew of 6,000 mechanics based in Tulsa, Okla., to service its fleet," NPR reports. The airline has worked with mechanics to shave 10 days off the time required for a "heavy check," even while reducing work crews from 700 to 300. Instead of laying off idled workers, American is offering to perform maintenance for other airlines -- in about half the time required by offshore shops.

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