FAA Fines Executive Airlines For Failing To Perform Maintenance Checks


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FAA Fines Executive Airlines For Failing To Perform Maintenance Checks

By Steve Hall

June 29, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $700,000 against Executive Airlines, Inc., The San Juan, Puerto Rico airline, which does business as American Eagle Airlines, allegedly operated eight of its ATR-42 twin-turboprop airliners when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. 

Executive Airlines, Inc. is an airline headquartered in Carolina, Puerto Rico (United States). Executive Airlines operates an extensive inter-island network in the Caribbean and to the Bahamas and the USA in American Eagle colors. Its main base is Luis Mu?oz Mar?n International Airport, San Juan.


The FAA alleges that when Executive Airlines did heavy maintenance checks on its aircraft in 2007 and 2008, mechanics did not perform and document required, detailed visual inspections to detect possible cracks on the aileron center hinge bearing fittings. Executive Airlines operated the eight aircraft on 6,479 flights between the incomplete earlier inspections and September 26-27, 2008, when the company completed the proper inspections and procedures. ?All maintenance procedures must be followed at all times. There are no exceptions when it comes to safety,? said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Executive Airlines has 30 days from the date of receipt of the FAA?s letter to respond to the agency.

The airline was founded as Executive Air Charter and on September 15, 1986 joined the American Eagle system. It became an AMR Eagle subsidiary on December 7, 1989. It is a subsidiary of AMR Eagle Holdings Corporation which operates American Eagle Airlines Inc., and Executive Airlines Inc. Both are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines. It has 2,125 employees (at March 2007). In late 2007, it was announced AMR plans to "spin off" Executive Airlines Inc., which according to the filing, carries the American Eagle name.

In the American Airlines Inc., 8k SEC filing dated November 29, 2007, "The planned divestiture would include both American Eagle Airlines, Inc., which feeds American Airlines hubs throughout North America, and its independently certificated regional carrier affiliate, Executive Airlines, Inc., which carries the American Eagle name throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean from bases in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico."
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