American Airlines closing St. Louis pilot base

In a move that cuts one more link to long-defunct TWA, American Airlines will close its St. Louis pilot base in September, affecting 180 pilots who live in the region.

The pilots who live in St. Louis will either have to commute to other cities or relocate after the base closes, American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said.

The closing is prompted by an upgrade in aircraft, as McDonnell Douglas-made MD-80s are retired and replaced with Boeing-made 737-800 aircraft.

In a letter sent to American employees by Kimball Stone, American’s vice president of flight, the company said changes to its network will “improve aircraft utilization and simplify hub operations, continue to earn the loyalty of our customers and enhance career opportunities for our team members.”

American’s flight attendant base and line maintenance base in St. Louis will remain in place, Miller said. Additionally, American’s flight schedule will not be affected by the pilot base closure.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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