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American Airlines Expected To Cut 15,000 Jobs

How the American Airlines Bankruptcy Affects Tulsa's Aerospace Industry

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In February 2012, the parent company for American Airlines announced plans to layoff 2,100 workers in Tulsa.

After months of back-and-forth with unions in U.S. bankruptcy court, that number was whittled down. In September 2012, the company’s final plan included for 839 job cuts in Tulsa — mostly mechanics and maintenance workers. The layoffs will start in December 2012 and continue in February 2013. Workers are being offered early retirement.

The layoffs are part of AMR Corp.’s bankruptcy restructuring plan. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection in November 2011.

The bankrupt carrier is closing its Alliance Airport base in Fort Worth and is consolidating operations to the Tulsa base and one at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Business leaders and city officials are worried about the layoff’s affect on Tulsa’s aerospace industry, which is estimated to employ 20,000 people in the area.

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