Just weeks after opening its new Global Services reception lobby at Newark Liberty International Airport, United Airlines unveiled its new $35 million widebody aircraft maintenance hangar in Newark, New Jersey.
United constructed the facility to will help support the airline's widebody aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350-XWB, which United will begin flying in 2018. The hangar also expands United's maintenance capability for widebodies by 33 percent at Newark Liberty.
"This state-of-the-art hangar underscores United's commitment to the city of Newark, the state of New Jersey and the region," said Ken Burtt, United's Senior Vice President of technical operations. "The facility will be an asset to our operation, helping us improve the reliability of our aircraft, maintain the highest levels of safety, and provide a superior workplace for our employees."
United has more than 13,000 employees in the New York metropolitan area, 700 of whom are dedicated to technical operations and maintenance at Newark Liberty. Construction of the 90,000-square-foot hangar also had a significant economic impact on the region, as more than 600 local workers helped build the facility, the airline said.
"United Airlines' investment of nearly $35 million in its new 21st century hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport is further evidence of the carrier's longstanding commitment to New Jersey,'' said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deb Gramiccioni. "The Port Authority is especially pleased this widebody aircraft hangar is designed to serve larger aircraft like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the newer generation of planes for our passengers."
Last November United also completed construction of a 125,000-square-foot maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport. Together with this new hangar at Newark, United has significantly increased its maintenance capabilities on the East Coast.
United offers nearly 400 flights each day from Newark Liberty to more than 150 destinations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as service from New York LaGuardia and from New York Kennedy to top business centers. Newark Liberty is the only domestic and global hub serving the region, with rail links providing convenient access for travelers in New Jersey, New York City including Wall Street, and other parts of the tri-state region.