United Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) have broken ground on a modern Technical Operations Center (TOC) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for its fleet of aircraft.
The new facility will include a ground service equipment and facilities maintenance building and a line maintenance hangar, including an engine support shop that will focus on the Dreamliner fleet.
Commencement of the $352m TOC pushes the airline’s investments at its Los Angeles hub to nearly $1bn in recent years.
The new TOC will bring together two facilities that United currently operates at LAX that are located a mile and a half apart, which will improve efficiency in moving aircraft around the airport and transporting employees, parts, tools and other supplies.
The 407,408ft² TOC will be located near the airline’s terminal and the hangar will be able to accommodate up to six narrow-body or two widebody aircraft at a time.
The TOC is expected to help United’s operation in Los Angeles by continuing to deliver an on-time, safe and reliable operation.
United Airlines COO Greg Hart said: “Our continued investments emphasize our commitment to our customers in Los Angeles as California’s global airline.
“This modern, world-class facility will create more than 800 jobs in L.A. during the construction process, and will be home to more than 500 United employees once it is completed.
“This builds on our recently completed nearly $600 million renovation to our terminal at LAX, including opening a brand-new United Polaris lounge earlier this year.”
United Airlines has appointed Aecom Hunt as prime contractor for the project, and selected FSB as lead architect for the facility.
The airline is also partnering with AvAirPros for project management services during construction.
LAWA CEO Deborah Flint said: “Los Angeles World Airports and United Airlines have a shared vision for modern and efficient facilities.
“United Airlines’ new LAX Technical Operations Center integrates state-of-the-art technology and a modern design that complements the transformation that is taking place across LAX.
“This project will create hundreds of local jobs and bring us one step closer to the Gold-Standard airport that Los Angeles deserves.”
Image: Rendering of the new Technical Operations Center at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: Courtesy of United Airlines / PR Newswire.