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New United Flight Attendant Training Facility in Houston

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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.

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Rendition of the upcoming United Airlines Flight Attendant training facility. Image: United Airlines.

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.

Air Mike Air Hostess ditching training in Guam in the late 1960's.
Air Micronesia Flight Attendant (Air Hostess) ditching training in Guam in the late 1960s. Air Micronesia, or “Air Mike” was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Continental Airlines, now United Airlines. Photo: Calmemories.

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.

United is the largest airline operator in Houston. The airline has a 77.4 percent share of the market at IAH Airport. This according to Houston Airport System data.

Featured Image: United Airlines.

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