Air Transport World

High tech at Tulsa. (American Airlines Inc.'s maintenance base)

A major move into automation and new technology keys $250 million expansion at American's maintenance base. Text and photos by Danna K. Henderson

Tulsa, Okla.-American Airlines' commitment to expanding the use of automation and new technology to maintain a fleet that is programmed to grow to more than 750 aircraft by the late 1990s is evident throughout its primary maintenance base here and in its planning for a second base now under construction at Alliance Airport near Ft. Worth, Tex. ATW, 8/89).

As the photographs on these pages illustrate, extensive use of computer-controlled machines, robotics and automated movement of parts and components are among the capabilities being added as part of a $250 million, 40-month expansion of the Tulsa base now nearing completion. …

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