American Airlines Alliance Maintenance Base Sets $400 Million Goal By End of 2008

May 11, 2006, 01:00 ET from American Airlines

    FORT WORTH, Texas, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A team of
 management and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 567 employees at the
 American Airlines Alliance Maintenance Base, including the engine repair
 facility TAESL, has set a "breakthrough goal" to obtain $400 million in
 value creation for the airline by the end of 2008.
     About 120 union members and managers, led by David Campbell, Vice
 President of AFW, and Gary Peterson, President of TWU Local 567, met for
 two days in an off-site meeting, dubbed the Visioning Conference, to set
 the goal, which is to create a partnership to empower all employees to make
 Alliance a world class maintenance facility.
     The Alliance base employs about 2,000 people, including about 1,400 TWU
 aircraft and facility mechanics, crew chiefs, stock clerks and inspectors,
 and overhauls American's widebody fleets of Boeing 767s and Boeing 777s.
 TAESL, a joint venture between American Airlines and Rolls-Royce, is the
 North American overhaul facility for the RB211 and Trent engines.
     "A breakthrough goal is critical to the future of AFW and to the people
 who work here," Campbell said. "Focusing on a breakthrough goal will
 challenge our thinking -- because it isn't possible using our current
 methods and practices. A breakthrough goal has the ability to disrupt our
 patterns and knock us out of the box. But, if we believe it is possible,
 that gives us the ability to reinvent the way we do our work."
     Peterson said, "The opportunity for success at AFW is based on what we
 choose to do. We each have to take responsibility for developing solutions
 instead of dwelling on problems. We need to focus on our future and not our
     To realize this goal, work teams were formed to focus on revenue
 generation and third-party work, leadership, cultural change and morale,
 productive increases through process improvements, accountability and
 employee involvement.
     Pat Stewart, Vice President - TAESL, said, "We have proven that we
 collectively can accomplish what we set out to do. The Continuous
 Improvement process involves mechanics and others designing their own work
 space and developing the processes to do their work more efficiently. Those
 are proven concepts here at TAESL and elsewhere in the maintenance
     Pete Sirucek, Managing Director - Aircraft Maintenance, AFW, said, "We
 have a great work force here at Alliance and I am confident that we can
 achieve our breakthrough goal. We have gotten very positive feedback from
 other airlines that have sent us their aircraft to overhaul and repair."
     Current base initiatives that will help AFW reach the breakthrough goal
 include the development of High Performance Teams, the Continuous
 Improvement program, the Aircraft Maintenance Futures Team that identifies
 ways to maximize facility and manpower capacity in order to bring in more
 third-party work, the Joint Leadership Team and the Joint Communications
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