American Airlines announces 2 promotions

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) said it has promoted Bill Cade to vice president – base maintenance and engines and Craig Barton to vice president – technical services.

The appointments fill two existing positions within the maintenance organization and are effective immediately.

In his new role, Cade now will lead the team that manages aircraft major repairs, overhaul and modification at the heavy maintenance bases in Charlotte, N.C., Pittsburgh, Dallas/Fort Worth and Tulsa, Okla. He also will be responsible for all internal engine shops, all external heavy maintenance globally and facilities maintenance at all Technical Operations facilities.

Barton will step into an existing position and assume responsibility for the planning and resource management for all line and heavy maintenance. In addition, he will manage all strategic project planning for technical operations.

Cade joined Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1992 as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. From there, he held several additional roles including director – Maintenance Operation at LAX. After American acquired TWA, Cade was named as Regional Manager at LAX.

Barton, a degreed engineer, joined American Airlines 20 years ago and was named Managing director – Power Plant and Fleet Operations Engineering in 2002. From there, he held several leadership roles at the company including Managing director – Fleet Management and, most recently, Managing director – Technical Operations Integration. He joined American as a Senior Power Plant Engineer.

American Airlines Group is the holding company for American Airlines. Together with regional partners operating as American Eagle, American offers an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.