United Airlines - an affiliate of
United Continental Holdings Inc.
) - has entered into a lease extension contract with the San
Francisco Airport Commission. Per the agreement, the airline will
continue its activities at the airport's Maintenance Operations
Center for a period of 10 years.
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The 130-acre San Francisco Maintenance Operations Center is the
largest support facility of United, with nearly 3,500 technicians
working under the roof. The center engages in the repair and
servicing of the airframes, engines and other components apart
from carrying out cabin modifications of the aircraft.
The maintenance staff at the unit is currently working on the
last leg of the three-year alternation process of re-designing
The Boeing Company
) 777 aircraft with the brand-new United Global First and United
BusinessFirst cabins. This overhaul is scheduled to be completed
by May. The personnel are also setting up satellite-based Wi-Fi
systems on jumbo jets that will fly both domestic and
In addition to this hub, United operates maintenance centers in
Chicago, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The
carrier also targets to complete the building of two new
wide-body shed at Newark Liberty International Airport and
Washington Dulles International Airport by 2013 end.
The extension of the lease of the San Francisco plant will highly
benefit United that remains committed to render superior and
efficient services to its customers and people on the Bay Area.
The deal also highlights the company's efforts to prevent the
innovation and renovation process of its fleet from slowing
A few days back, the company introduced "p.s." Premium Service on
all 46 flights each way, every week that fly nonstop from San
Francisco to John F. Kennedy International Airport at New York.
These revamped airplanes feature a sparkling new interior with
flat-bed seats in the premium cabin, on-board Internet and
on-demand entertainment options as well as dinning and wine
offering for premium-cabin passengers.
United holds a commanding position at the San Francisco
International Airport, with around 5,600 employees and over 300
daily flights - a figure that is much higher than any other
airline. The company's services from the airport extend to nearly
85 destinations including 16 markets in Asia, Australia, Europe
and Latin America. Within the next few weeks, there will also be
nonstop flights between San Francisco and Paris.
United Continental - which operates with other industry players
Southwest Airlines Co.
) - currently retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).