DENVER (CBS4) – United Airlines says their recent order of 270 new Airbus and Boeing aircraft will create more than 3,000 new jobs at their Denver hub and increase luxury travel to more destinations for all customers. On CBS4 only, United Airlines confirmed its plans to expand Denver’s largest hub by 2024, saying new jobs will include gate agents, pilots, flight attendants and more.
United CEO Scott Kirby told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas that the purchase of 50 737 MAX 8, 150 MAX 10 and 70 A321neo is the largest single order for a commercial airline in more than 10 years and the largest in United history is. Kirby said he believes the orders will have an impact on the economies of the communities that his airlines serve, particularly their main hub in DEN.
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“Business travel will be 100% coming back,” said Kirby.
Kirby said the new union jobs, including technicians, dispatchers, ramp workers, also offer perks and opportunities for many to hit the road to six-figure income.
Including previous orders pending fulfillment, United plans to retire 300 of its current aircraft and replace them with new, larger aircraft. The fleet will be expanded by 200 additional aircraft to extend United’s range.
United hopes to deliver new aircraft as early as next year. United expects 40 new aircraft in 2022, nearly 140 new aircraft in 2023, and in 2024 they expect a new aircraft to be added to their fleet every three days.
Aircraft currently in use will be upgraded to increase premium seats by 75%. The retrofit includes entertainment screens on the backrest for all passengers, telephone charging stations at every seat and enough storage space for every passenger, even on sold-out flights. The entertainment screens in the backrests provide 2,800 hours of entertainment and games that allow passengers to compete against each other.
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The conversion of the aircraft is expected to take several years.
As part of what United has dubbed the “United Next” phase, the company plans to reduce the use of smaller aircraft. Large hubs across the country will mainly use narrow-body aircraft that can accommodate hundreds of passengers, while smaller single-class aircraft will be used to transport customers from smaller markets to the larger hubs and connecting flights.
The average flight size on United is expected to increase by 30% in the coming years. Kirby said the changes are not United’s way of “condensing” their flights.
Kirby promised to add more narrow-body aircraft to the fleet in order to extend the range of the Denver hub to more destinations, including more international destinations.
“United has been flying travelers from Mile High City to destinations around the world for more than 80 years in a row – longer than any other airline,” said Matt Miller, vice president of airport operations for DEN. “Today’s historic aircraft order deepens our commitment to the Denver community and we expect it will bring new flights, jobs and economic benefits to the region and the customers we proudly serve here.”
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CBS4 recently reported on United’s new vaccine policy for employees. All new employees must be vaccinated when they apply, while current pilots and flight attendants will be given vaccination incentives this summer.