MIAMI — American Airlines Group Inc. says it plans to build a new operation center to oversee all of American’s and US Airways’ daily flight operations near its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The carrier plans to open the new facility around the third quarter of 2015.

The Dallas News reports that airline officials “looked into many options for the space required to combine our operations,” three American executives said in a letter to affected employees. “It became apparent that the best long-term solution is a new, state-of-the-art facility that can house all of our team members and the technology needed for our daily demands.”

The American Airlines operations center opened in Fort Worth in 1990 at a cost of $25 million and was rebuilt in 2012. The US Airways operations center is located in Pittsburgh, but several months ago, American said it would move US Airways’ operations center to Fort Worth when the carries merge computer systems.

The operation center is the central nervous system an airline. American’s current operation center is split into 6 groups: navigational database, weight and balance planning, meteorology, flight dispatch, crisis control, and complain resolution. It’s controlled from what’s known as the podium – the operational head of AA operations worldwide on duty at any given time.

Examples of work done at the facility to keep the airline humming:

o  Dispatchers and operations managers
o  Weight and balance planners, 275 employees.
o  FPS (Flight Planning Support)
o  W&B weight and balance planners
o  Daily security operations
o  Crew Coordinators – crew scheduling and tracking
o  MOC (aforementioned above) who handle any maintenance related items with any given aircraft
o  Emergency Command Center for the airlines (AA and AE)
o  Technical Training (for all the above)
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