American airlines have broken a world record after receiving the largest fine ever handed to carriers.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have launched a $24.2 million fine against American Airlines after maintenance violations led to the cancellation of thousands of flights two years ago, Reuters reported.
Up to 3000 flights were cancelled by American Airlines, delaying over 300 000 travellers.
“Planned civil penalty stemmed from inspection and repair lapses flagged in April 2008 that prompted the airline to ground 300 MD-80 series planes, disrupting flights for several days,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
“We expect operators to perform inspections and conduct regular and required maintenance in order to prevent safety issues. There can be no compromises when it comes to safety.”
American Airlines has disregarded the penalty as invalid and “unwarranted” claiming to have “addressed the concerns of safety regulators over problems with wiring in the wheel well before putting the MD-80’s back into service”.
"American Airlines has always maintained its aircraft to the highest standards, and we continue to do so," the airline said.Southwest Airlines came in second for the largest proposed fine of $10.2 million in 2006 and 2007 for “inspection shortcomings on” Boeing Co 737s.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J