CHICAGO — A federal bankruptcy court judge signed an order Wednesday authorizing American Airline's assumption of its Tulsa maintenance base sublease, paving the way for the bond trustee on $237 million of debt to soon resume debt service payments.

Judge Sean H. Lane of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted the airline's motion to enter into a settlement agreement allowing for assumption of the lease during a hearing Wednesday. American's parent, Fort Worth-based AMR Corp., filed its Chapter 11 case on Nov. 29.

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