‘A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official commented on the surveillance in a response to an emailed question from an American pilot. With 410 flights tracked, the on-time rate at one point Friday was 65 percent, according to industry researcher FlightStats.com.
American’s on-time performance began sliding on Sept. 14 after the airline imposed concessions to help it restructure under court protection. On-time arrivals dropped as low as 37 percent on Sept. 17, according to FlightStats, raising concern that passengers would shift to other airlines.’
The bankrupt airline threatened Thursday to take legal action against the Allied Pilots Association if the slowdown didn’t stop.
The FAA surveillance covers “all regulatory requirements which are expected to be followed by the airline, as well as the maintenance and pilot groups,” Skip Whitrock, who manages the AMR certificate management office for the FAA, said in the email.
The oversight, which occurs for any bankrupt airline, includes watching for frivolous maintenance reports, misuse of a minimum equipment list that must be completed before each flight, lack of adequate maintenance, deliberate delays and other areas, Whitrock said.