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.
PenAir (Anchorage) continues to expand in the “Lower 48”. The regional carrier has been selected to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to three communities in Nebraska. The airline will launch service to Denver from Kearney, North Platte and Scottsdale replacing Great Lakes Airlines.
Previously the airline announced a major expansion from Portland, Oregon:
The airline also serves New England from Boston:
The airline originally started in Alaska:
Copyright Photo: PenAir also operates SAAB 340B freighters in Alaska. PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340A (F) N662PA (msn 109) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925112.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will launch five daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Denver International Airport beginning June 1, 2016.
In 2016, Delta will begin operating Boeing 717 aircraft on all Delta Shuttle flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco, increase to 10 daily flights to both New York-JFK and Seattle/Tacoma and add a third daily flight to Boston. Delta’s seat growth in Los Angeles has grown more than 99 percent since 2009, the most of any carrier.
Delta’s Los Angeles to Denver flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George) using two-class, 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.
Delta operates 160 peak-day departures to 60 destinations from Los Angeles.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N807SK (msn 15082) of SkyWest Airlines departs from LAX.
Key Lime Air dba Denver Air Connection (Denver) has announced the introduction of nonstop service between Denver, Colorado and Sheridan, Wyoming. The service is scheduled to begin effective November 19, 2015, and will represent the return of commercial airline service to Sheridan.
The flights are being launched in conjunction with CAST, the Critical Air Service Team, a community wide stakeholders group from Sheridan. CAST includes senior members of the local community whose primary goal has been supporting air service in the region.
Service on Denver Air Connection will operate twice-daily with a Dornier 328JET. The Dornier 328JET is comfortably configured for 30 seats and operates with two pilots and a flight attendant. The service will operate from Sheridan into Denver International Airport, facilitating connections to points worldwide.