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In recent weeks much has been written on this site and elsewhere about the November 29th bankruptcy filing by American Airlines. But while nearly all travelers know that American has joined every other U.S. legacy carrier by filing for Chapter 11, many may not realize the nation's last major domestic airline maintenance facilities are one step closer to extinction. For years, American has been bucking an industry trend by continuing to perform nearly all aircraft maintenance in-house. But now all that could change.

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