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United Airlines opens Washington Dulles hangar for widebody jets

Chicago-based carrier United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) said it has officially opened its new widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The airport is a major United hub and the airline´s principal gateway to the Middle East.

United said it invested nearly USD 45m to construct the facility, which will enable the airline to perform maintenance on two widebody or several narrowbody aircraft simultaneously.

The carrier employs approximately 300 technical operations employees at Dulles, and has nearly 6,000 employees throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

More than 600 area construction workers helped build the 125,000-square-foot hangar, which includes 85,000 square feet of enclosed aircraft space.

United has maintenance hangars at its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is nearing completion on another widebody hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The carrier offers nearly 270 daily departures from Washington Dulles to more than 100 airports throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. The airport also serves as United´s principal gateway to the Middle East, with the airline offering nonstop service to Kuwait and Dubai, and one-stop service to Bahrain and Doha.

Since 2010, United has also added service from Dulles to several international destinations, including Manchester, England; Dublin;San Salvador, El Salvador; Guatemala City; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Madrid.

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