Tulsa makes sense as a aircraft maintenance hub because it’s low-cost, Gordon Bethune told a State Chamber audience. But Tulsa might have to change if it’s not the lowest cost maintenance option, he said.
The former chief executive and chairman, long praised for turning around that once-troubled Houston airline, acknowledged that Tulsa faces a tough situation with American. That bankrupt airline employs some 6,500 Tulsa workers in various subsidiaries, with plans to shed more than 2,000 maintenance jobs. “I would suggest you be the best at what you do and you be willing to be competitive at any cost and keep that business here,” he said.