Fort Worth-based American Airlines has announced that it will be opening a new Line Maintenance station at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
The new station will provide jobs for approximately 46 aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) as well as additional support staff to support Boeing 737, Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
Opening the new station comes as the carrier prepares for its summer peak season and marks the 29th maintenance station for the carrier.
“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,” said Kevin Brickner, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations.
According to Brickner, American can have up to 10 aircraft that rest overnight at Houston’s Intercontinental Airport.
A $42 million investment for the carrier, the new station will be completed in three phases. The first phase sees American actually beginning to prepare for the creation of the station by securing workspaces and hiring AMTs. The first phase will begin in May.
In June, the carrier will begin adding maintenance work to its rotation and plans to start with service checks and engine washes.
The final phase, which is expected to begin in early 2020, will include renovated workspaces, breakrooms and tool storage spaces for the AMTs and staff.
American has expressed its commitment to expanding its Technical Operations or “Tech Ops” division. In January, the carrier announced that it plans on hiring over 250 AMTs across 30 stations in 2019.
With 9,000 AMTs spread out across the carrier’s network, the expansion aims to reinforce operational reliability for the airline while also improving the overall travel experience for its customers.
By partnering with various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, American aims to reach out to youths who are also interested in aviation.