United Airlines Announces Plans to Train 600 Flight Attendants Per Month
This week in Houston, United Airlines opened its largest Inflight Training Center, a 56,000 sq. ft. facility that more than doubles the airline’s available training space and supports the airline’s plan to hire and train a total of 15,000 people in 20203, including 4,000 flight attendants.
United plans to train more than 600 flight attendants per month at the newly expanded Houston facility.
The $32 million expansion project includes new classrooms, additional cabin and door trainers and a state-of-the-art aquatic center that features a 125,000-gallon pool and mock fuselage to practice the safe evacuation of the plane in the unlikely event of a water landing.
“The best flight attendants in the industry deserve the best, most modern training facility in the country,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “This expansion project is yet another example of an investment we made during the depths of the pandemic that will support our employees, further improve our ability to deliver great service and set United up for success in 2023 and beyond.”
New United flight attendants will go through a six-week and a half training course at the Houston facility and then return every 18 months to stay current on their qualifications.
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United recently launched Calibrate, a 36-month apprenticeship program to grow and diversify the airline’s pipeline of aircraft technicians and chose Houston for its first cohort. Through Calibrate, United plans to train 1,000 new aircraft technicians by 2026 – with a goal of at least half being women or people of color.