United Airlines Extends Lease on Maintenance Operations Center at San
Francisco International Airport
Airline Recommits to Maintaining Aircraft in the Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --United Airlines and the San
Francisco Airport Commission have signed a 10-year lease extension on the
airline's Maintenance Operations Center at San Francisco International
Airport, United's largest maintenance facility.
"The lease extension on our San Francisco Maintenance Operations Center
benefits our people, our customers and the Bay Area," said Greg Hart, United's
senior vice president of technical operations. "United's investment
underscores our commitment to San Francisco, the Maintenance Operations Center
and its role in supporting the industry's premier trans-Pacific hub."
United has extensive maintenance facilities at its hubs in Chicago, Denver,
Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles and is currently constructing new
widebody hangars at Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington Dulles
International Airport. The airline anticipates completing construction on both
by year end.
Maintenance Operations Center
United's 130-acre San Francisco Maintenance Operations Center employs nearly
3,500 maintenance professionals who maintain airframes, engines and components
and perform significant cabin modifications on aircraft.
In May, United maintenance technicians at the facility will complete the final
modification in a three-year process that involved outfitting dozens of the
airline's Boeing 777 aircraft with all-new United Global First and United
Technicians are currently installing satellite-based Wi-Fi on domestic and
international widebody aircraft, with the first equipped aircraft having
entered service in January.
United in San Francisco
At San Francisco International Airport, where approximately 5,600 United
employees are based, the airline and its regional partners operate more than
300 flights daily, more than any other airline.
United offers nonstop service to nearly 85 destinations from San Francisco,
including 16 markets in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. The airline
will begin nonstop service from San Francisco to Paris this spring.
United offers "p.s." Premium Service on all nonstop flights between San
Francisco and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, with 46
flights each way per week. This week, the airline introduced the first p.s.
aircraft reconfigured with an all-new interior, including flat-bed seats in
the premium cabin, Gogo^® ^ inflight Internet and personal on-demand
entertainment, offering customers a higher level of service on these
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,472 flights a day
to 381 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express
carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering
customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.
United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale
investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet
by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company
expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More
than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries
around the world.For more information, visit united.com or follow United on
Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental
Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
SOURCE United Airlines
Contact: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-312-997-8640,
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