I spoke with Matt Joyce, a staff writer for the Dallas Business Journal, yesterday about American Airlines' restructuring and the impact on the Dallas area. He asked me who I thought might buy American's Alliance facility in the Fort Worth area, as well as prospects for MRO in the Dallas metropolitan region.
One question I particularly appreciate was, "What are examples of other airlines that have sold maintenance facilities?" AAR purchased United's Indianapolis facility, which seems to be successful, and Delta-Northwest have expanded their inhouse maintenance capabilities--so there is a precedent. However, is it the norm?
We also talked about the state of the MRO economy, and the shortage of experienced maintenance and engineering personnel around the world. As we know, most of the shortages are in emerging regions, which might not bode well for American's M&E workforce who might be looking for new jobs soon.
I scanned three aviation job placement agencies, PlaneTechs, Aerotek and STS AeroStaff Services and see there are many job openings in the southern half of the U.S., but not a lot in Dallas. However, there are a few in San Antonio.
What do you think are the best prospects for the Alliance facility? Any job tips for those who might be soon looking?