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United Airlines to Expand World’s Largest Pilot Training Center in Denver

United Airlines is expanding their Flight Training Center in Denver with the addition of a new four-story building on the 23-acre campus that will house 12 additional advanced flight simulators, classrooms, conference rooms and offices.

United to Add New Four-Story Building to Their Denver Flight Training Center - Courtesy United Airlines

On Wednesday (June 1, 2022), United Airlines announced that they will expand their Denver Flight Training Center, already the largest facility of its type worldwide, with the addition of a new four-story building on the 23-acre campus that will house 12 additional advanced flight simulators, training classrooms, conference rooms and offices. At Wednesday’s groundbreaking event The Flight Training Center’s Managing Director, Marc Champion, was joined by United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Toby Enqvist, United’s Vice President of Airport Operations in Denver, Matt Miller and other VIPs. The expansion project is expected to be completed before the end of 2023.

In Wednesday’s announcment, the Denver Flight Center’s Managing Director, Marc Champion, said,

“The expansion of this world-class facility gives United even more resources to recruit and train the next generation of aviators. Our pilots are the best in the industry and flying remains one of the best, union careers in the world – great pay and benefits and the chance to captain the biggest planes to the most places around the world.”

United’s 23-acre campus is located in Denver’s Central park neighborhood and includes seven buildings across 550,000 square feet of training space. Over 1,000 of United’s 7,000+ Denver-based team members work at the facility in roles such as instructing, evaluating, scheduling, human resources and flight standards. The campus serves as the sole training facility for the airline’s 12,000 active pilots, who must return to the center every nine months to remain current with certifications, as well as all newly hired pilots. At any given time, up to 600 United pilots might be training at the facility, which has 39 full-motion flight simulators and 15 fixed training devices. Once the new building is completed, the campus will be able to accommodate up to 52 full-motion simulators and 28 fixed training devices.

United Airlines plans on adding 2,000 pilots in 2022, and is on trach to hire 10,000 new pilots by 2030. Companywide, the airline plans on hiring 50,000 new employees over the next five years. Captains for United Airlines can earn over $350,000 annually and enjoy benefits such as medical coverage, a company-funded retirement program, paid vacations and flight benefits to travel the world.

United Airlines’ shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated over 1.7 million flights carrying over 162 million guests. United Airlines operates the most comprehensive network among North American carriers with mainland U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL.’

Source: United Airlines


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