intends to use its new hangar at to perform a variety of maintenance for its widebody aircraft.
MRO services will include light and phased airframe checks, Greg Hart, senior VP-technical operations, said at the Oct. 19 groundbreaking for the hangar. No heavy maintenance is planned, he added.
United will look to its employees currently furloughed at Dulles to staff the facility, which should be completed by third quarter 2013, Hart said. The Chicago-based airline will look for outside employees after recalling those furloughed. The airline did not reveal how many overall staff it plans to hire for this facility; currently, United employs 300 technical operations workers at Dulles, but did not specify how many of those are involved in aircraft maintenance.
As previously announced, the $45 million, 125,000-sq. ft. hangar will allow United to perform MRO maintenance on two widebodies at the same time.