ANCHORAGE, 2016-Aug-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Alaska Airlines today broke ground on a new $40 million aircraft maintenance and engineering facility located at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The design of the new 105,000-square-foot facility by Anchorage-based architect firm McCool Carlson Green was also unveiled.
“The design proudly displays our new brand while also providing a larger, more functional space for our 80 maintenance and engineering employees in Anchorage,” said Kurt Kinder, Alaska Airlines Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering. “This new hangar signifies our growing airline, as well as our continued commitment to the state of Alaska.”
The new facility will be more than double the size of the current hangar and holds two 737-Max 9 aircraft, which will be the largest and widest in the Alaska Airlines fleet. The current facility, located about a half mile from the new site, measures only 37,500 square feet and is unable to accommodate the newer, larger aircraft.
Construction will begin in the fall 2016 and is scheduled to be complete in the second quarter of 2018. Alaska Airlines has hired local general contractor and construction manager Kiewit Building Group to build the new hangar, and at peak construction, the project will employ 150 people.
Alaska Airlines is investing nearly $100 million over the next five years in the state of Alaska. In addition to the new hangar in Anchorage, the airline is updating, and in some cases, expanding the 11 airline-owned terminals across the state. Alaska Airlines is also adding three 737-700 freighter aircraft to its fleet, improving the ability to serve cargo customers’ needs with scheduled freighter service.
Editor’s note: Download the artistic renderings of the new hangar at http://www.alaskasworld.com/newsroom/ASNews/photos.asp.
Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 32 million customers a year to more than 110 cities with an average of 970 daily flights throughout the United States, including Hawaii, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. With Alaska’s 17 global airline partners customers can earn and redeem miles to more than 800 destinations worldwide. Onboard, customers are invited to make the most of their flight with amenities like power outlets at every seat, streaming entertainment direct to your device, Wi-Fi and an inspired food and beverage selection featured on most flights. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study for nine consecutive years from 2008 to 2016. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan also ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs” in the J.D. Power Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report for the last three consecutive years. Alaska Airlines is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK). Learn more on the airline’s newsroom, blog, alaskaair.com, @AlaskaAir, Facebook and LinkedIn.
SOURCE: Alaska Airlines