United to expand its Flight Training Center, largest in the world

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United Airlines wednesday announced it is expanding its Flight Training Center, already the largest facility of its kind in the world, as the airline seeks to hire an additional 10,000 pilots by 2030. The airline will add a new four-story building on the 23-acre campus in Denver’s Central Park neighborhood that will house 12 additional advanced flight simulators, training classrooms, conference rooms and offices.

Marc Champion, Managing Director of the Flight Training Center, was joined today by Toby Enqvist, United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Matt Miller, United’s Vice President of Airport Operations in Denver, Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock, and Phillip Washington, CEO of Denver International Airport, at a groundbreaking event to kick-off the expansion project that is expected to be completed before the end of 2023.

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United has embarked on an aggressive plan to recruit and train thousands of pilots in the next decade and remains an attractive option for aviators because the airline has one of the largest global networks in the world and flies more widebody aircraft than any other North American carrier.

“The expansion of this world-class facility gives United even more resources to recruit and train the next generation of aviators,” said Marc Champion, Managing Director of the Flight Training Center. “Our pilots are the best in the industry and flying remains one of the best, union careers in the world – great pay and benefits and the chance to captain the biggest planes to the most places around the world.”

United’s campus – seven buildings, across 550,000 square feet of training space – is the sole training facility for the airline’s 12,000 active pilots and all newly hired pilots. Every nine months pilots must visit the training center to remain up-to-date on certifications. At any one time, there may be up to 600 pilots training at the facility.

United’s Flight Training Center campus currently has 39 full-motion flight simulators and 15 fixed training devices – the additional building means United will soon have the capability to have a total of 52 full-motion simulators and 28 fixed training devices.

United expects to add more than 2,000 new pilots this year alone and is on track to hire 10,000 pilots by 2030. The airline plans to train around 5,000 pilots by that date through United Aviate Academy, the airline’s own pilot training school.

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