American Airlines has unveiled plans to open a new Line Maintenance station at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to cater for an increase in demand for maintenance during the summer peak season.

The proposed facility is part of the company’s plan to improve operational reliability and will be the airline’s 29th Line Maintenance station.

The new Line Maintenance station will also seek to increase the number of available aircraft to accommodate customers during the peak season.

American Airlines will invest more than $42m in the facility, which is expected to be completed in three phases.

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“There are additional opportunities for us to perform maintenance on our aircraft, ultimately enabling us to provide a stellar travel experience.”

During the first phase, which will start next month, the airline will secure temporary space at IAH and hire aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs).

The second phase will see the addition of more maintenance work, such as service checks and engine washes, as well as other maintenance work on aircraft that remain overnight.

Phase III will include renovated breakrooms, offices and toolbox storage spaces for AMTs and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year.

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American Airlines Technical Operations senior vice-president Kevin Brickner said: “With an average of 38 daily departures at IAH, there are additional opportunities for us to perform maintenance on our aircraft, ultimately enabling us to provide a stellar travel experience for our customers and team members this summer.

“On any given night, we have up to ten aircraft that remain at IAH overnight, so this is a way to take advantage of our resources and invest in additional talent in order to improve our operations during one of our busiest times of the year.”

The Line Maintenance station will have around 46 AMTs and other support personnel who will carry out maintenance work on American’s Boeing 737 and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.