United Airlines starts construction on new US airport facility

WCN Editorial Team 27 Oct 2016 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

United Airlines, in association with the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System, has broken ground on its new $162M United Technical Operations Center (UTOC) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in the US.

The project forms the next phase of the airline's ongoing expansion at its Houston hub.

Plans include the addition of 18,600sq m of additional hangar capacity for maintaining widebody aircraft. Work will also involve the construction of a new warehouse distribution centre, technical services building as well as administrative offices.

United executive vice president and chief operations officer Greg Hart said: "With flights from Houston to destinations around the globe, this new facility and the employees who work here will provide critical support to our worldwide operations.

"This significant investment in our Houston facilities will enable us to support more aircraft than ever before in Houston and allow us to return them to serving our customers more quickly, while providing a workplace that our people can take pride in."

The new facility is anticipated to be complete in late 2018, with the project expected to create about 200 new jobs.

Once completed, the facility will accommodate widebody aircraft, including Boeing 767s, 777s, 787s and Airbus A350s.

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