Southwest Airlines has announced during its Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Denver, Colorado, that it intends to begin construction on its first maintenance hangar at the Denver International Airport this summer.
The nearly $100 million investment will allow Southwest’s Mechanics to work on up to three aircraft inside the 130,000 square-foot hangar. There will be parking and facilities outside the hangar for eight additional aircraft. Ground breaking is expected to occur within the next few months and the hangar is anticipated to be completed in late 2020.
The facility can house the 75 Technical Operations Employees currently working in Denver, who are responsible for maintaining Southwest’s all Boeing 737 fleet. Once opened, it’ll join the six other hangars located in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, and Phoenix. Overall, the Carrier employs more than 4,000 People within its Technical Operations department.
Southwest carries more local travelers to and from Denver than any other carrier. Denver International Airport is also one of the carrier’s top five airports in terms of daily departures in its network of more than 100 cities and offers up to 224 daily departures for sale to nearly 70 nonstop destinations. The carrier employs 4,200 People in Denver.
United Airlines today unveiled its state-of-the-art flight training center in Denver, Colorado. The single-site training center is the largest in the world and home to the company’s more than 30 full flight simulators representing all of United’s fleet types.
The flight training center is visited by United’s more than 12,000 pilots at least once a year for new and recurrent training and is also the largest single-site training facility for other airline pilots. More than two dozen other airlines and government agencies send their personnel to train at the industry-leading facility. In addition to pilot training, the facility hosts flight attendants and maintenance technicians for emergency training and other activities.
“This state-of-the-art flight training center symbolizes the investments we’re making in our people and our company, both in Denver and throughout our network,” said Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines. “In addition to providing industry-leading training for our pilots, flight attendants and other vital work groups, this facility will become a thriving center where we foster the professional culture, commitment to safety and dedication to customer service that’s at the heart of the United success story we are seeing take shape.”
United has been training pilots in Denver since 1943. The current campus first opened in 1968 with four buildings, expanded in 1992 with a fifth building and expanded again in 1997 with the addition of a sixth building. In 2015, the company made the decision to consolidate its flight training centers in Denver, kicking off the renovation and nearly doubling the number of flight simulators at the facility. United recently broke ground on a seventh building, which will bring the campus to nearly 540,000 square feet including eight more full flight simulator bays.
United in Denver
United is Denver’s largest airline offering more flights and more seats from the Mile High City to more destinations around the world than any other carrier. United operates more than 450 daily flights to over 150 airports worldwide from Denver. United will launch 12 new markets in Denver by the end of 2018 and is planning additional new markets for 2019. United has a storied history in Denver, serving the community for more than 80 years, and benefits from a great partnership with local leaders at the city and state levels, including Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, who understand the importance of a thriving aviation sector.
Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver), under its new ownership group, is slashing 1,160 Denver jobs according to the Denver Post. The company informed its Denver employees yesterday it is outsourcing all ramp, baggage, gate and ticket counter positions at Denver International Airport according to the report. Contractor Swissport will take over the positions in March. Denver was the last Frontier station that serviced its flights with its own in-house employees.
Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is gradually dropping its spoke routes from and to its hometown Denver International Airport hub due to rising costs.
According to Airline Route, the carrier is planning to drop the following routes through April 2015: Eugene (November 29), Bakersfield (December 1), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (December 19), New York (LaGuardia) (December 20), Idaho Falls (January 5, 2015), Fresno, Harrisburg and Spokane (all January 6), Bloomington, Chicago (Midway), Minot, Newport News/Williamsburg, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara (all January 7), Oklahoma City (April 29) and Fargo (April 30).
Frontier has already ended service from Denver to Branson, Bellingham, Great Falls and Jackson Hole.
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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N227FR (msn 6184) in the new look taxies to the gate at Raleigh-Durham.
Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is planning to cut the number of flights and jobs at its Denver International Airport hub according to The Denver Post.
CEO Dave Siegel has told employees that increased taxes and landing fees has made the DEN hub unprofitable. In the past year the airline has been adding routes at other locations including Trenton and Cleveland as we have reported.
Siegel sites the 30 percent increase in landing fees over the past three years as the main culprit in making DEN connections unprofitable.
Currently the airline operates 85 daily flights but this will decrease to around 70 in January according to the report.
Delta Air Lines‘ (Atlanta) flight DL 1500 from Detroit to Denver landed safely last night (April 18) after a flight attendant found a note in the rear galley threatening a bomb was on board. The Boeing 737-832 (N3750D, msn 32375) with 151 passengers and four crew members landed safely. There was no bomb on board.