United Airlines is going full speed ahead with its building a gigantic new flight attendant training facility in Houston, Texas. The facility will be located at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Houston used to be the main training facility for Continental Airlines flight attendants and pilots alike prior to its merger with United in 2012. Continental’s pilot training was moved from Houston to Denver after he merger.
The new $20 million Flight Attendant training facility
Phase one of United’s flight attendant (inflight) training center is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020. Construction started on October 17 with a groundbreaking ceremony of the 50,0000 square foot complex.
The facility will house classrooms, training paces, and storage areas. An aquatics center with a commercial-sized swimming pool for water evacuation training will be constructed later.
The purpose of the new training center is to consolidate all of United’s new hire flight attendant (inflight) training to Houston.
The Inflight Training program
Initial flight attendant applicant training at United Airlines takes six and a half weeks to complete. The training is currently spread across several facilities, in Chicago, Denver, and Houston. The building of the new facility will move all initial training to Houston.
Flight Attendant recurrency training
United’s flight attendant annual recurrency training for active flight attendants will still take place at its facilities in Denver and Chicago, as well as in Houston. Recurrency training is based on FAAs’ continuing qualification program for the position as a flight attendant.
United management said that consolidating all of its training programs for new flight attendants in Houston will help the airline improve the consistency and efficiency of its educational programs.
The airline currently has about 26,000 flight attendants serving the airline.
United’s role in Houston
Continental Airlines used to have its world headquarters in Houston prior to the United merger. After the merger, the headquarter was moved to United’s headquarter at Willits Tower in Chicago.
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