American Airlines plans to open a new line maintenance station in Houston to provide additional support for the carrier’s high-traffic summer travel season. The carrier says its new $42 million station at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)—which will be the American’s 29th—should improve operational reliability and increase the number of available aircraft.
According to Kevin Brickner, senior vice president of technical operations at American Airlines, the airport sees an average of 38 American Airlines daily departures, which provides additional opportunities for the carrier to perform maintenance on its aircraft. The new line station will service the carrier’s Boeing 737 and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
“On any given night, we have up to 10 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 the busiest times of the year,” says Brickner.
According to American Airlines, the new station will be staffed by approximately 46 aircraft maintenance technicians (AMT) and support personnel, which the carrier will begin recruiting in May during the line station’s first phase. During this time, the airline says it will secure a temporary space at IAH before adding additional maintenance work, such as service checks and engine washes.
The final phase of the new line station’s opening will entail adding renovated break rooms, offices and toolbox storage spaces. American Airlines expects to finish the final phase in Q1 2020.
IAH will be American's fourth line maintenance station in Texas; the others are at Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.