Top Airline Launches Desperate $100 Million Plan To Avoid Disaster
(ReliableNews.org) – The COVID-19 pandemic led to a worker shortage across the nation that has hit every industry, including airlines. Companies are experiencing a pilot shortage so severe that some are taking drastic measures. One such company is United Airlines, which is planning to invest millions of dollars in a new training center.
On June 1, United Airlines broke ground on its massive new training center expansion. The four-story center will sit on 23 acres in Denver, Colorado and is expected to cost $100 million. Marc Champion, the managing director of the flight training center, spoke to CNBC about the new training facility. It will have six new flight simulators to train pilots on the Boeing 737 Max and Airbus jetliners, and the 787 Dreamliner. Six more simulators will be added later.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock celebrated the new build, which is expected to be complete next year. He said the center will boost the city’s economy and generate income as pilots visit for training.
The expansion comes as the airline goes on a massive hiring spree. It plans to hire 10,000 new pilots by 2030, including roughly 2,000 pilots this year. Every 9 months, all of United’s 12,000 active pilots will have to go to the facility to get recertified.
Champion told reporters the training center is not only necessary to train current pilots but also the next generation.
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