American Airlines plans USD 550m investment in Tulsa maintenance base

American Airlines has announced plans for a USD 550m investment to overhaul its maintenance base in Tulsa, Oklahoma, including a new hangar to service the airline´s planes, the company said.

The base in Tulsa is American´s largest maintenance operation and handles nearly half of the airline´s maintenance work. American has more than 5,500 employees at the base, including 600 jobs added last year.

American said it expects to begin construction early next year on a new 193,000-square-foot hangar capable of holding two large widebody aircraft — the biggest planes typically used on international routes — or up to six smaller planes. It will replace two smaller hangars.

The airline also plans a new support building with office space, and replacements or upgrades to roofs, utilities, information technology and repairs to ramp areas where planes are parked.