United Airlines opens flight training centre in Colorado, US

11 October 2018 (Last Updated October 11th, 2018 12:12)

United Airlines has opened its single-site flight training centre in Denver, Colorado, US, to provide training to pilots and other employees.

United Airlines opens flight training centre in Colorado, US
United’s CEO Oscar Munoz at new flight training centre in Denver. Credit: PRNewsfoto / United Airlines.

United Airlines has opened its single-site flight training centre in Denver, Colorado, US, to provide training to pilots and other employees.

The training facility houses more than 30 full flight simulators representing all of United’s fleet types.

The airline said that approximately 12,000 pilots attend its flight training centre for new and recurrent training.

Additionally, the facility provides training to pilots for more than two dozen other airlines and government agencies.

In addition to pilot training, the facility accommodates flight attendants and maintenance technicians for emergency training and other activities.

“In addition to providing industry-leading training for our pilots, this facility will become a thriving centre where we foster the professional culture, commitment to safety and customer service.”

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said:  “This state-of-the-art flight training centre symbolises the investments we’re making in our people and our company, both in Denver and throughout our network.

“In addition to providing industry-leading training for our pilots, flight attendants and other vital work groups, this facility will become a thriving centre where we foster the professional culture, commitment to safety and dedication to customer service that’s at the heart of the United success story we are seeing take shape.”

United has been offering training to pilots in Denver since 1943. The existing facility was launched in 1968 with four buildings, which was expanded in 1992 with a fifth building and then in 1997 with a sixth building.

The airline decided to combine its flight training centres in Denver in 2015. Subsequently, the company started modernisation and nearly doubled the number of flight simulators at the facility.

Recently, United started construction of a seventh building that will add approximately 540,000ft² of space, including eight more full flight simulator bays in the campus.