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SW ends plan to outsource maintenance overseas

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 16, 2008

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.

More from Skytalk blog. Outsourcing heavy maintenance is a BAD idea. I have no illusion that if the FAA would allow it, my job would be outsourced…

Skytalk blog…


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  1. Patrick Truax said, on March 16, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    ACARS had better reach Mumbai if this stuff keeps up. How comfortable would you be flying on aircraft that was signed off for an A Check by a quality inspector other than one who actually works for the airline they are doing the heavy checks for!?

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