American Airlines to cut more than 2,000 jobs in Tulsa

A spokesman for American Airlines says Tulsa is expected to lose 2,100 jobs at its maintenance base under a bankruptcy reorganization plan released by its parent company.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said Wednesday the company employs about 6,800 workers at its Tulsa facility, mostly mechanics who work to overhaul engines and equipment.

Fort Worth-based AMR Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November, and released a proposal Wednesday saying it planned to slash about 13,000 jobs, or 15 percent of its workforce. U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and other state officials said they were disappointed, but not surprised by the airline's announcement.

They expressed optimism that the maintenance facility in Tulsa will remain operational. Smith says the plan released Wednesday is the starting point for union negotiations.

Source: Bartlesville Radio