The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirms it has filed the claims in court to ensure that the government was paid along with other creditors in AMR’s restructuring.
“The documents detail both proposed and potential civil penalties in connection with ongoing enforcement cases involving both American Airlines and American Eagle,” the agency said in its statement. “Because these cases remain open, the FAA cannot discuss the details of the individual investigations.”
Separate cases could yield fines as large as $39.3 million for allegedly not fixing wiring on Boeing 757s, $28.8 million for landing gear issues on 777s and $27.6 million involving 767 engines, the Wall Street Journal reported last night.
Th largest fine to date was also imposed on American by the FAA in 2010 for $24.2 million for maintenance lapses on some of the carrier’s MD-80 fleet that saw those aircraft grounded. That case has yet to be settled.
American is aware of the latest fine. Michael Trevino, a spokesman for AMR, said in a statement:
“The claims process is a routine part of any Chapter 11 filing,” Trevino said. “It is not an admission that money is owed, nor is it an admission that the amount cited is correct.”