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American Airlines appoints new VP Line Maintenance

26th November 2008 - 05:36 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Danny Martinez, Vice President - Line Maintenance, has elected to retire from American Airlines in December. He will be succeeded by Ken Durst, currently Managing Director - Line Maintenance for American's Southwest Division.

In his 20 years at American, Martinez served in the Technical Services, Maintenance Operations Center, Line Operations Support, and Line Maintenance departments. Prior to joining American, he was a maintenance technician and technical supervisor at Eastern Airlines for 10 years.

"Danny Martinez has been a rock-solid leader in our Maintenance and Engineering organization for the past 20 years," said Bob Reding, American's Executive Vice President-Operations. "He is well respected by all who have had the opportunity to work with him, and we wish him all the best in his retirement and future endeavors."

Durst is a 22-year veteran of the Maintenance and Engineering organizations at American Airlines and American Eagle. Before his current Line Maintenance assignment at DFW Airport - American's largest hub - Durst was the general manager for American's largest Maintenance and Engineering overhaul base in Tulsa, Okla. Prior to that, he was responsible for the aircraft overhaul operations, hangar operations, and Boeing 727/737 product management activities in Tulsa. Durst also served as Vice President - Maintenance at American Eagle from 1992 to 1995.

In his new position, Durst will be based in Tulsa and be primarily responsible for setting strategy, establishing policies and managing all aircraft maintenance performed at airports worldwide by American Airlines mechanics. The organization includes more than 4,600 employees. Durst will report to Carmine Romano, Senior Vice President -Maintenance and Engineering.

"Ken Durst has the experience and the necessary level of expertise to step in and lead our Line Maintenance activities," Romano said. "Our customers and our company will benefit greatly from Ken's leadership."

About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site,, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. American Airlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines,, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc


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