SW ends plan to outsource maintenance overseas
Southwest has apparently shelved an effort to outsource some of its maintenance to a facility in El Salvador, according to a report filed by Bloomberg News this afternoon:
Southwest Airlines Co., under fire for missing required aircraft inspections, dropped a plan to move some maintenance operations outside the U.S., a union official said today.
The carrier ended talks with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association to shift some work to a company in El Salvador, said Louie Key, the union’s assistant national director. Southwest acted after the Federal Aviation Administration’s March 6 announcement of a $10.2 million fine for possible maintenance violations, Key said in an interview.
“They didn’t want to expose themselves to any questions or concerns about foreign maintenance vendors,” Key said. Beth Harbin, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Southwest, couldn’t immediately confirm that discussions had broken off.
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