American Airlines is planning to build a new distribution facility with an investment of $100m at Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport in Texas, US.
The proposed facility will be used by the airline to deliver aircraft and hubs across its network.
American Airlines has placed a request with the airport authorities to lease a 30-acre site north of Terminal A, adjacent to the airlines’ air freight facility.
After approval from the airport board, the lease can cost the airlines around $875,000 annually or $52m over the 40-year term with yearly adjustments and escalations.
Construction is expected to start at the end of the year and will take around 12 to 18 months to complete.
Dallas News quoted American Airlines spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson saying: “This new facility will provide ample space to store parts, which enables us to select parts up to 75% faster than we currently can, minimizing any potential maintenance delays.”
DFW is the airlines’ largest flight hub and one of its largest maintenance bases. It also has its heavy maintenance base in Tulsa.
Around 27,000 American Airlines employees operate out of DFW International Airport and its corporate headquarters campus houses another 12,000.
Gipson added: “This facility also enables our tech ops team to receive parts quicker and therefore perform maintenance on our aircraft more efficiently, which improves operational reliability for our team members and customers.”
In May, DFW Airport and American Airlines announced plans to build a sixth passenger terminal and enhance Terminal C.
DFW invested $3bn to $3.5bn on the construction of Terminal F and enhancements to Terminal C.
Additionally, American Airlines has opened its Flagship Lounge at DFW International Airport to offer passengers a relaxing space to improve their journey experience.