AA management, workers at Tulsa maintenance base endorse Vision2
BY WAYNE GREENE World Senior Writer
Sunday, October 28, 2012
10/28/12 at 4:46 PM
Management and labor at the American Airlines Maintenance Base in Tulsa — one of the region’s biggest employers and the largest civilian facility of its type in the world — have endorsed the Nov. 6 Vision2 package.
The endorsement released Sunday includes a commitment for a “long term” presence at the facility, although not any specifics about the number of employees or payroll involved.
Executives at American Airlines say the company has a long history in Tulsa and is committed for the long term as it emerges from bankruptcy as a stronger company, the statement says.
“American Airlines believes Vision2 will improve infrastructure throughout Tulsa County, and make it a desirable place for employers,” said Bill Collins, vice president of base maintenance for American Airlines.
“American Airlines and its employees have built strong ties throughout Tulsa since the maintenance base opened in 1946, and we’re committed to the future of our operations as part of a new American.
“Vision2 is a sound investment in the aerospace industry that will provide improvements with tremendous capabilities throughout Tulsa County.”
The $748.8 million Vision2 package includes more than $386 million for economic development, and the majority of that money is targeted for building and equipment at the city-owned American Airlines facility.
Planned Vision2 modifications include retrofitting hangars to accommodate new, larger airplanes in the American fleet, new test cells to accommodate larger jet engines, ramp improvements and environmental upgrades.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.
Management and labor at the American Airlines Maintenance Base in Tulsa have endorsed the Nov. 6 Vision2 package. Building improvements and money for equipment at the base are part of the tax package. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World