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(Slate)   "The one bright spot for American Airlines is all seats will be securely attached to the floor by this coming weekend"   ( slate.com) divider line
    More: Fail, American Airlines, Americans, bright spot, AMR Corp., Andrew Ross Sorkin, TPM Media, Matthew Yglesias, missed connection  
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2012-10-10 12:13:53 PM  
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My husband was an aircraft mechanic for 25 years (USAF and Delta Airlines) before he took an early retirement from Delta and went on active duty with the Air National Guard. I ran the story about American blaming spilled sodas on the loose seats and he confirmed that it could indeed be the culprit. However, maintenance being farmed out to contractors (in Mexico, in the case of Delta) who are being paid to do only certain maintenance items and not one thing more is really to blame, he thinks. When a jet came out of periodic maintenance under the watch of a Delta mechanic, they covered the jet from front to back, looking at everything, and not signing off until it was shiny as a new penny from end to end. Now that they have unlicensed "maintainers" in Mexico are doing the periodic maintenance (signed off and inspected by one licensed mechanic) the jets are starting to look like crap and things are starting to break. Delta doesn't want to pay one dime more than they have to. I'm sure their execs still get their multi-million dollar bonuses though.

Apparently American is following this business model.
2012-10-10 09:24:49 AM  
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To my chagrin, I am an American Platinum member. While I hate the delays as much as anyone else, I cannot help but tip my hat to the evil genius of it's pilots.

/hate to lose all my miles flown, but ready to jump ship to a better frequent flyer program / group
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