Chambers Unify to Retain American Airlines

WORKING TOGETHER: Chambers from the region are working with one another to keep American Airlines here along with their many jobs.

KELSY LORIN TAYLOR for GTR Newspapers


Tulsa area chambers joined regional and state partners Jan. 3 in announcing a unified effort to retain American Airlines’ operations in the Tulsa region. Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, City of Tulsa, Tulsa Metro Chamber, Tulsa County, area municipalities, Transport Workers Union of American #514, Oklahoma -, Oklahoma’s federal delegation and regional legislative delegation have pledged support to American Airlines -Tulsa as the reorganization progresses.

The groups and individuals said their goal is to find the best outcome for northeastern Oklahoma, and the region’s strong aerospace industry, which represents more than 100 businesses and 30,000 employees. The aerospace industry also has a great economic impact, statewide.

Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez states, “The aerospace industry in our state includes more than 1,000 aerospace companies and jobs for more than 100,000 Oklahomans. But it’s also important to remember that those aerospace jobs are people. In addition to the economic impact, the human impact on friends and neighbors also compel us to work together to work with American Airlines to achieve the best outcome possible for everyone affected.”

The Chamber’s Tulsa’s Future initiative acknowledges the importance of the aerospace sector to growing and retaining existing jobs in the region. The industry impacts scores of businesses and thousands of jobs. 

“American Airlines, with more than 6,500 employees and a major maintenance and repair base in Tulsa, is a vital piece of the economies of not only the region but also the state, and there must be cohesive effort across diverse sectors statewide to find a solution to keeping American’s locally-based operations and employees in the Tulsa area, said Stuart Solomon, Tulsa’s Future chair and president and of Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett stated: “This is not a time for us versus them. American Airlines is an icon in Tulsa’s past, present and future.  We’re all in this one together, and together we’ll work this out for Tulsa.”

Economic impact of American Airlines’ local operations:
The 6,555 jobs at American Airlines’ maintenance base (AA) in Tulsa support 3,675 additional jobs throughout the Tulsa-area economy.

AA employment accounts for 1.6 percent of total employment in the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area (Tulsa ), and 0.4 percent of total employment in Oklahoma.

The jobs at AA support total Tulsa- income of nearly $740 million and sales of $2.7 billion. By itself, AA contributes 15 percent to gross metro product, the value of all goods and services produced in the Tulsa .

Updated 01-24-2012

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