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United Mulls Combining Pilot Centers in Merger Followup

United Airlines is considering a cost-saving consolidation of pilot-training centers in Houston and Denver that predate its 2010 merger, potentially setting up a contest among those cities plus Chicago for any surviving facility.

The move is under discussion with pilots, about 12,000 of whom cycle through the bases every nine months to refresh their skills and train on flight simulators, said Megan McCarthy, a United spokeswoman. The airline hasn’t decided on a site or whether it will move forward with a combination, she said.