United Airlines has opened its new $45m new wide-body aircraft maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, US.
The new hangar will enable United Airlines to perform maintenance on two widebody or several narrowbody aircraft simultaneously.
The 125,000ft² hangar, which includes 85,000ft² of enclosed aircraft space, was built by more than 600 area construction workers. United Airlines broke ground in 2012.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority president and CEO Jack Potter said: "The opening of United’s new state-of-the-art maintenance hangar further solidifies Dulles International’s position as a world-class hub for aviation.
"This hangar is a significant investment in the airport and the region, and it will support smooth, efficient travel for the more than 14 million United passengers who fly through Dulles each year."
United’s technical operations senior vice president Greg Hart said: "The close relationship between Dulles and United goes back decades, and this facility represents yet another important investment in this key market.
"Our new maintenance hangar, coupled with additional improvements in our terminals, gate areas, lounges and employee facilities, will deliver greater reliability for our customers and enhance their overall travel experience."
United employs approximately 300 technical operations employees at Dulles, and has nearly 6,000 employees throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area.
It currently has maintenance hangars at its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is set to complete another wide-body hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.