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United to Expand Flight Training Capacity
The airline is constructing a new training facility with up to 12 additional simulators.
United is bolstering its pilot training capacity in Denver with the planned opening of a new 113-acre facility. According to The Denver Post, the Chicago-based carrier plans to add 12 new full-motion simulators as part of the project’s first phase.
Back in August, United paid $33 million to acquire a piece of undeveloped piece of land near Denver International Airport. In a land development filing, the airline said there was “an immediate need” to build a new simulator facility.
Currently, the airline has one of the largest single flight training centers in the world. Located near the new planned facility, its Flight Training Center (FTC) boasts 39 full-motion flight simulators and 15 other training devices. The facility trains 16,500 pilots each year.
According to the filing, the airline hopes to have the new facility operational by late 2027. As this is the project’s initial phase, the airline notes that expansion could also expand beyond 2027.
United is continuing to eye growth in Denver, even beyond its hub at the airport. The carrier is also exploring the potential of a new corporate campus in Denver.
“United is actively investigating programmatic needs to support corporate campus activity accommodating 5,000 employees in future phases of the project,” the company said in the same filing. The airline’s main corporate office is in Willis Tower in downtown Chicago.
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