American Airlines has announced it will open a new Line Maintenance station at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) just in time for the summer peak season. The airline said its 29th Line Maintenance station will provide additional support for the increased work needed to ready its aircraft for the busy summer travel season while also improving operational reliability and increasing the number of available aircraft to accommodate customers each morning.
The new facility – a more than $42 million investment – will be completed in three phases. In the first phase, which begins in May, American will secure temporary space at IAH and start recruiting aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs). In the second phase, which begins in June, additional maintenance work will be added, such as service checks and engine washes, as well as other maintenance work on aircraft that remain overnight. The third and final phase concludes in the first quarter of 2020 and will include renovated breakrooms, offices and toolbox storage spaces for AMTs. Kevin Brickner, senior vice president of Technical Operations for American commented: “With an average of 38 daily departures at IAH, there are additional opportunities for us to perform maintenance on our aircraft, ultimately enabling us to provide a stellar travel experience for our customers and team members this summer. On any given night, we have up to ten aircraft that remain at IAH overnight, so this is a way to take advantage of our resources and invest in additional talent in order to improve our operations during one of our busiest times of the year.”
The airline said the IAH Line Maintenance station will be staffed with approximately 46 AMTs and other support personnel who will perform maintenance on the carrier’s Boeing 737 and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. It noted that these positions are in addition to the more than 250 AMTs the airline is currently hiring across its network.