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No. 7 American Airlines announces shut down of TAESL

Steve Harvey, center, speaks with American Airlines Vice President of Safety, Security and Environment David Campbell, right, and Vice President of Operations at Texas Aero Engine Services Rodney Blake, left, at American Airlines Maintenance base at Fort Worth Alliance airport Saturday, June 19, 2010. For the second year in a row, American Airlines hosted entertainer Steve Harvey and more than 100 boys between the ages of 13 and 17 at the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend at Alliance Fort Worth Maintenance Base. Special to the Star-Telegram/Brandon Wade 6/19/10
Steve Harvey, center, speaks with American Airlines Vice President of Safety, Security and Environment David Campbell, right, and Vice President of Operations at Texas Aero Engine Services Rodney Blake, left, at American Airlines Maintenance base at Fort Worth Alliance airport Saturday, June 19, 2010. For the second year in a row, American Airlines hosted entertainer Steve Harvey and more than 100 boys between the ages of 13 and 17 at the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend at Alliance Fort Worth Maintenance Base. Special to the Star-Telegram/Brandon Wade 6/19/10 SPECIAL/BRANDON WADE

American Airlines was the first tenant at Fort Worth’s new industrial airport, Alliance Airport, when it opened its maintenance base there in 1991.

The cantilevered maintenance hangar could hold up to 7 aircraft side-by-side and hundreds of American mechanics were employed at the facility, considered a key part of Alliance.

But with the closure of the base in 2013 when the Fort Worth-based airline went through bankruptcy restructuring, American’s presence at Alliance was limited to its engine repair facility, Texas Aero Engine Service LLC.

Then in the fall, American announced it was shutting down TAESL, it’s 50-50 joint venture with Rolls Royce. About 600 workers were affected by the closure with most offered jobs at other locations at American and Rolls Royce.

American has only one major overhaul maintenance facility now, in Tulsa, although it conducts maintenance checks at some of its airport hubs, including Dallas/Fort Worth.

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