CommutAir, a United Express® Carrier, Announces Expansion of Flight Training Center and Aircraft Maintenance Facilities to Support Aircraft Growth

NORTH OLMSTED, OH., Aug. 28, 2017. United Express carrier CommutAir announced that it would double the size of its Washington-Dulles Flight Training Center and expand its Albany, New York Maintenance Hangar campus.

“Our fleet growth requires us to double our pilot and flight attendant workforce over the next two years, and the design of our new facility will ensure high-quality training,” said Jeff Harris, CommutAir’s Director of Flight Training. “The Dulles airport location is also optimal for our Newark and Dulles based crews.”

The new Flight Training Center will include state-of-the-art technology, software, and training equipment. The facility is expected to open in January 2018.

CommutAir also added another facility in its Albany, New York maintenance hangar campus. It will primarily house the technical acceptance team tasked with rapid jet aircraft inductions and turboprop aircraft retirements.

“We have already outgrown our existing facilities in just a couple of years.  Moreover, this addition will allow us to effectively manage the next phase of our growth,” explained Lon Ziegler, CommutAir’s Vice President of Maintenance.



Through 2019, CommutAir is expected to triple in size to over 60 aircraft and actively hire in all areas.  CommutAir’s Maintenance Technician pay fully compensates for previous experience, and CommutAir’s industry-leading Pilot benefits include:

  • United Airlines Career Path Program (CPP)
  • $22,100 sign-on bonus with paid ATP-CTP
  • Rapid position upgrades – junior-most captain hired April 2017
  • Top-Tier pay and benefits – including the industry’s first and best Commuter policy

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About CommutAir

Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc.  CommutAir operates 900+ weekly flights to 30+ destinations, using Bombardier Dash-8 Q200 and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles. CommutAir’s 800+ employees are well-known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.

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