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By Lucy Puniwai | Agent in 76177

From Tulsa to Alliance Airport/DFW Airport

Former AA employee offering to help AA'ers from TUL relocate to the DFW area. I live 15 minutes from Alliance and 20 minutes from DFW - Please allow me to help you relocate!

Hundreds of jobs will be leaving Tulsa, as American Airlines announces 230 local jobs are being moved to the Dallas, Texas area. 

"I found out this morning when I came to work," says Ted Powell who's job is being relocated. "A little unexpected, I guess I expected a little more fanfare or something."

In about a year 230 maintenance jobs will be moved from Tulsa to Dallas. Powell has been in the aerospace business for 30 years and when we asked him about moving to Texas, he didn't know how to respond.
     
"Moving, , moving, I don't know if the company is going to offer me personally as far as moving package, if anything," says Powell. 

As of right now there are a lot of unknowns with the AA decision but the word is getting around the industry. We found this aerospace crew just down the road from American Airlines, they all work for Spirit Aerospace. 

"I do have a lot of friends over at American Airlines and they are worried about their jobs over there," says John Corrion.

Most of these guys have been in the business for 30-40 years. 

"Aerospace is part of Tulsa so we don't want to see it leave here, no," says Rick Morrison.

American Airlines released a statement:
"American's commitment to Tulsa is as strong as ever...We realize and understand this move will be difficult...We will work closely with them during this transition."

Powell is not convinced that the workers will move with the jobs because they still don't know when or even how.

"The only thing that I know is that they've in fact announced that they are going to move us, that's it, that's all we know," says Powell. 

Even with these 230 jobs leaving American Airlines still does employ about 7,000 Tulsans. 

In the press release from American Airlines the expected move date was sometime in October 2012.

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