FLALEFTY wrote:cathay747 wrote:Wow...the pics of TUL and BFM...I sure hope that a tornado now doesn't come thru either place, or ATL or any place else where airlines are parking large blocks of their fleets. The last thing needed right now is to have 300+ airplanes wiped out in a single stroke on top of everything else going on!!
TUL is AA's heavy maintenance base, so they usually have numerous planes parked there waiting their turns in the maintenance hangars. However, the number of planes stored there right now is unprecedented. Considering that AA's biggest hub, DFW is on the southern fringe of "tornado alley", AA probably is well-insured against such risk.
BFM has a major MRO subcontractor who does work for AA and others. This is also home to Airbuses' A22X & A32X FAL's. Being on Mobile Bay and just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico, tornados are less prevalent, but of course, hurricanes can be a problem. However, they get enough warning before a hurricane to move the jets to higher ground.
I realize most of that, and of course AA is insured for hull losses from something such as a weather event along with every other airline; that's basically mandatory. My point, which I guess I didn't really express, was...besides the impact to the airline for when business recovers after this pandemic dies down (lack of aircraft), can you imagine the impact to the insurance industry if ~300 or more aircraft were wiped out in one shot? Economies and the financial system are already under severe stress...such an underwriting loss would not be a good addition.