United Express carrier CommutAir will double the size of its Washington-Dulles Flight Training Center and expand its maintenance hangar campus. in Albany, New York.
According to company officials, the new Flight Training Center will include state-of-the-art technology, software, and training equipment. The facility is expected to open in January 2018. Through 2019, CommutAir is expected to triple in size to over 60 aircraft and actively hire in all areas.
"Our fleet growth requires us to double our pilot and flight attendant workforce over the next two years, and the design of our new facility will ensure high-quality training," said Jeff Harris, CommutAir's Director of Flight Training. "The Dulles airport location is also optimal for our Newark and Dulles based crews."
CommutAir also added another facility in its Albany, New York maintenance hangar campus. It will primarily house the technical acceptance team tasked with rapid jet aircraft inductions and turboprop aircraft retirements.
"We have already outgrown our existing facilities in just a couple of years. Moreover, this addition will allow us to effectively manage the next phase of our growth," explained Lon Ziegler, CommutAir's Vice President of Maintenance.
Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc. CommutAir operates more than 900 weekly flights to more than 30 destinations, using Bombardier Dash-8 Q200 and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles.