American Airlines will close its Fort Worth maintenance base by the end of the year, lay off 839 Tulsa mechanics and consolidate major aircraft maintenance operations in Tulsa and at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, company executives said Monday.
More than 1,700 mechanics & related workers at American’s three aircraft overhaul bases will be laid off in December and February, officials said.
Additional reductions of mechanics & related positions at the Tulsa maintenance base could occur as a result of the closing of the Alliance Airport base in Fort Worth and layoffs of 862 mechanics & related workers there whose seniority could lead to “bumping” of less senior mechanics in Tulsa, officials said.
“The majority of the layoffs that will take place in December … and February 2013 are as a result of the (bankruptcy) restructure process,” said James Weel, American’s managing director of employee relations in a letter to Donald Videtich, international representative of the Transport Workers Union. “Additional headcount changes will be necessary due to adjustments in work load, i.e. aircraft retirements, which will accommodate additional exits in May and September.”…