City officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma are making plans to try to capitalize on the announcement of a major aircraft order from American Airlines (AA), and bring new aviation jobs to the city.
AA’s parent company AMR Corporation has said it is to buy 460 new aircraft between 2013 and 2022, with 200 of the new planes being Boeing 737s. All AA maintenance operations for its existing 737 fleet are carried out in Tulsa, and city leaders are planning to devise incentives and programs that will attract even more of the company’s business there.
City of Tulsa Director of Economic Development, Mike Bunney, said that specifically they are hoping to attract the maintenance works for the 260 new Airbus A320s that will make up the rest of the airline’s purchases. American Airlines has never used Airbus aircraft in large quantities in its fleet, so will need to establish a new maintenance facility.
“We feel very confident that we have a good pitch to have the Airbus maintenance down here,” said Bunney. “American Airlines has done Airbus maintenance here in Tulsa before. Our Tulsa workforce is very familiar with the Airbus planes.”
He added that regardless of whether the Airbus works are located in the city, Tulsa will still feel the benefits of the airline’s big purchase. He explained, “An order this size is definitely felt throughout the supply chain, and it will be felt in Tulsa for sure.”