American Airlines said it isn't questioning normal maintenance reports made by pilots, only the ones where mechanics have found nothing wrong or are not safety related.
Responding to the pilots union's statement that pilots were writing up serious maintenance issues, company spokesman Bruce Hicks said that the number of reports where a mechanic "responded to a pilot's complaint and found nothing wrong" have increased 97 percent in September.
Here is the full statement from Hicks:
"The APA’s press release is an outrageous and disappointing attempt to divert attention from the real issues of the operational disruption caused by some pilots’ illegal job action. The kinds of issues cited in their press release are not uncommon in the industry and they are not the issue. No one at American is questioning normal maintenance write-ups. However, certain pilots are engaging in an unlawful, concerted effort to damage the company. For the past several weeks, we have seen an unprecedented increase in pilot maintenance write ups, many at the time of scheduled departure, which are certainly not safety related. And, the number of reports where a mechanic has responded to a pilot’s complaint and found nothing wrong have risen 97% this month. The unlawful conduct by some pilots includes unnecessary checks, increased maintenance write-ups and last-minute maintenance requests, increased block times due to slow taxiing, and circuitous routings. American has asked APA to take action to help end these illegal job actions and return our operations to normal levels. Our goal remains for all of us to put this recent behavior behind us and turn to the critical task of operating a more efficient, competitive airline in the interest of all economic stakeholders, including our pilots."