United opens new widebody hangar at Newark airport

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United Airlines opens a new widebody maintenance hangar at Newark Liberty International airport today, nearly four months after opening a similar facility at Washington Dulles International airport.

The 27,432m2 facility (90,000ft2) is capable of handling Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787 aircraft, and represents a 33% increase in United’s widebody maintenance capabilities at the New York-area airport, the Chicago-based carrier says.

United has nine Boeing 787-8s in its fleet, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows. It also has firm orders for 35 A350-1000s, 10 787-8s, 26 787-9s and 20 787-10s.

“This state-of-the-art hangar underscores United’s commitment to the city of Newark, the state of New Jersey and the region,” says Ken Burtt, senior vice-president of technical operations at the airline, in a statement. “The facility will be an asset to our operation, [including] helping us improve the reliability of our aircraft.”

At $35 million, the hangar cost about $10 million more than United projected when it broke ground on the facility in January 2013. The airline also planned to complete construction by the end of 2013.

The carrier opened its new 11,613m2 hangar at Washington Dulles on 21 November 2013, as part of a larger effort to improve the operational reliability of its fleet through more frequent maintenance that reduces major events and aircraft down time.

United signed a 20-year extension to its lease on facilities at Newark airport with the operator the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in April 2013.