Construction is now in progress on our first widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), one of our major hubs. We have approximately 300 technical operations workers stationed at Washington Dulles.
We expect to complete construction by this time next year and have more than 200 area construction workers building the 125,000 square foot facility. As soon as this Washington Dulles maintenance hangar is open, we’ll be able to perform maintenance on two widebody airplanes at the same time.
"Construction of this facility underscores United's investment in our people, our customers, the Washington region and the Virginia economy," said Kate Gebo, our vice president of corporate real estate. "With ongoing investments in terminal amenities, gate areas, lounges and employee facilities, United continues to shape Dulles into a modern global gateway for customers and United co-workers."
This $45 million hangar investment is an addition to the enhancements we’ve made to our Washington Dulles hub. In the past two years, we’ve introduced service from Washington Dulles to key international and domestic markets, including one-stop service to the Kingdom of Bahrain and to Doha, Qatar, via our existing nonstop services to Kuwait and Dubai.
"Since Dulles International Airport opened almost 50 years ago, it has grown into a world-class hub for domestic and international air service," said John E. Potter, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "United has been a major partner in that growth since nearly the beginning. We look forward to the new opportunities that partnership will bring in the years to come."
We operate maintenance hangars at our hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles and are currently constructing a new widebody hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.