$100 MILLION Project Revealed – Major Airline Breaks Ground!
(RepublicanPress.org) – As people have started traveling again in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines are seeing an increase in demand for flights. On June 1, United Airlines announced it was breaking ground on a new pilot training center in Denver, Colorado.
The new facility, a four-story building that will sit on 25 screws, is expected to cost the airline about $100 million. At first, six new flight simulators will be added to the space that can now accommodate about 40. The airline plans to add more simulators later. Pilots will learn how to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 737 Max, and Airbus jetliners. All of the company’s pilots are required to attend recertification training at the facility every nine months.
United Airlines plans $100 million expansion of training center during hiring spree. "United, however, maintained much of its fleet, and reached an agreement with its pilots’ union early in the pandemic that helped it keep many of its pilots trained." https://t.co/iWoIKI86Bm
— United Airlines Pilots (@UnitedPilots) June 2, 2022
United announced its plan to hire around 10,000 pilots between now and 2030, with 2,000 of those joining the company by the end of 2022. The airline already started training budding pilots at United Aviate Academy in Arizona in 2021 and plans to train about 5,000 total there by the end of the decade.
Many airlines suffered during the pandemic, losing many workers to fleet changes and pilots who couldn’t work because people simply weren’t traveling. The problem caused some to move to different aircraft, while others waited for highly-competitive training opportunities to open.
With United Airlines’ addition of the new training facility and the aggressive hiring plans, it hopes to train enough pilots to meet travel demands in the future.
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