With the approval of the merger of US Air with American Airlines last Wednesday, city leaders are breathing a bit easier. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett stopped by KRMG Friday to talk about the future of the airline maintenance bays at the Tulsa airport.
"I think that it's stabilized quite a bit," the Mayor said. "with US Air that has an additional 200 to 300 airplanes that need maintenance. I've talked to their top management and they've assured us that they want to have their airplanes maintained in what will be an in-house facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma."
Bartlett says that US Air will benefit from the in-house maintenance of their planes here in Tulsa, something that they've been outsourcing until now.
"We have the largest number of aviation maintenance employees and experienced personnel in the world. We have six-and-a-half million square feet under roof right now that is the largest set of buildings of that type in the country outside of a military base."
The merger is expected to close by fall.