American Airlines flights at George Bush Intercontinental Airport may soon be more frequent for the summer season due to an investment from the airline.
Fort Worth-based company American Airlines Group announced via an April 17 news release that it will be making a more than $42 million investment to construct a line maintenance station at the airport. The investment includes personnel, equipment, materials and tooling, construction and renovations.
An American Airlines spokesperson said via email that the new line maintenance station will allow the planes to be serviced overnight, therefore ensuring fewer maintenance issues in the morning and resulting in fewer delays at the start of the day.
“Since the majority of the maintenance work will be performed overnight at the station, it allows more aircraft to be available each morning, in top condition, to accommodate even more customers,” the spokesperson said. “This new station ultimately enables us to continue to be a safe and reliable travel option during the busy summer season and provide an overall exceptional travel experience for flyers.”
The station will be completed in three phases. Phase 1 begins in May with American Airlines securing space at the airport to begin recruitment of roughly 50 full-time employees, including aviation maintenance technicians, or AMTs, and support staff, according to the release. Phase 2 of the expansion starts in June, when service checks and engine washes of American Airlines’ planes will begin in the evening. Phase 3 will conclude in the first quarter of 2020 with renovated break rooms, offices and storage spaces for AMTs, according to the release.
A January release from American Airlines stated the carrier intended to hire more than 250 AMTs to meet the increasing demand for maintenance support in the U.S. as the peak summer season for flying approaches.
Those interested in applying to be an AMT can apply on the American Airlines website. The AMTs will perform maintenance on the carrier’s Boeing 737, Airbus A319, Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, according to the release.