Florida lures Allegiant’s East Coast training center to Orlando Sanford Airport
SANFORD, Fla. – Governor Scott congratulated the recent groundbreaking of Allegiant’s new East Coast Training Center at the Orlando Sanford International Airport.
The new $24 million, 43,000 square-foot facility will be completed and equipped to begin hosting training for Allegiant flight crew members and mechanics by first quarter, 2017. Allegiant operates a similar facility in Las Vegas, Nevada to train West Coast-based crews.
Thirty local, full-time instructors and support staff will operate the facility. Allegiant is currently responsible for more than 14,000 direct jobs across the State of Florida. A recently-completed economic impact study showed Allegiant supports more than 23,000 jobs in Florida, and contributes $2.6 billion in economic benefit across the state. For career info, click here.
Governor Scott said, “Allegiant has already created thousands of jobs for Floridians across the state and I am proud that they have chosen to continue to invest in Central Florida. While this global company could have chosen to build their new facility in any other location, they ultimately chose Florida as the best place to create new jobs.”
“It’s been great to see how our partnership with Orlando Sanford International Airport, Airports Worldwide and the entire community has grown and thrived,” said Maury Gallagher, Allegiant chief executive officer and chairman. “We’re so pleased that this new, state-of-the-art facility will place Sanford at the center of training activity and the leading edge of technology for all our East Coast crew members, making Sanford a premier hub for training our hardworking crews.”
The East Coast Training Center will have the capacity to train 150 pilots, 500 flight attendants and 100 mechanics annually, on a full range of flight simulator, cabin trainers, and classroom resources for A320 and MD80 aircraft.
Over the 11 years the airline has served the Orlando area, Allegiant has flown nearly 14 million people to and from the destination. Allegiant currently offers non-stop service to Sanford from more than 70 cities across the U.S.
The East Coast Training Center will have the capacity to train 150 pilots, 500 flight attendants and 100 mechanics a year. It will house a full range of flight simulator, cabin trainers and classroom resources for the A320 and MD80 aircraft that make up the bulk of Allegiant’s fleet. Allegiant was founded in 1997 and the company’s innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one plane and one route to offering access to low-cost flights in over 100 cities nationwide, more than any other domestic low-cost carrier.
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