United Airlines recently opened its new wide-body aircraft maintenance hangar at the Washington Dulles International Airport.

The airline invested nearly $45 million to construct the facility, which will enable the airline to perform maintenance on two wide-body or several narrow-body aircraft simultaneously. United employs approximately 300 technical operations employees at Dulles and has nearly 6,000 employees throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

"The close relationship between Dulles and United goes back decades, and this facility represents yet another important investment in this key market," said Greg Hart, United's senior vice president for technical operations. "Our new maintenance hangar, coupled with additional improvements in our terminals, gate areas, lounges and employee facilities, will deliver greater reliability for our customers and enhance their overall travel experience."

More than 600 area construction workers helped build the 125,000-square-foot hangar, which includes 85,000 square feet of enclosed aircraft space.

"The opening of United's new state-of-the-art maintenance hangar further solidifies Dulles International's position as a world-class hub for aviation," said Jack Potter, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "This hangar is a significant investment in the airport and the region, and it will support smooth, efficient travel for the more than 14 million United passengers who fly through Dulles each year."

United also has maintenance hangars at its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is nearing completion on another wide-body hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.

For more information, visit www.united.com.