United Airlines, Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport break ground on technical operations center

United Airlines, in partnership with the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System, have broken ground on the new United Technical Operations Center (UTOC) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the company said.

The project, which is the next phase of United´s ongoing expansion of facilities at its Houston hub, will add approximately 200,000 square feet of additional hangar capacity for maintaining widebody aircraft, in addition to a new warehouse distribution center, technical services building and administrative offices.

The USD162 million UTOC is expected to be completed in late 2018 and will accommodate widebody aircraft, including Boeing 767s, 777s, 787s and Airbus A350s, and provide an improved work environment with better ergonomics, safety and efficiency for United´s maintenance technicians and support personnel.

Houston Airports served more than 55 million passengers in 2015. Houston´s three airports contribute more than USD27.5 billion to the regional economy. IAH and HOU collectively provide nonstop flights to nearly 200 destinations worldwide.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers.