NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CommutAir today announced that it will relocate its Flight Attendant Training Facility to the Albany International Airport for its 2016 classes. This move was prompted by the need to hire 20 additional flight attendants each month, and up to 300 over the next two years, to support the recently announced addition of 40 Embraer E145 jet airplanes to the company's existing fleet of Bombardier turbo-prop aircraft. The first training class is scheduled for later this month.
"It's a very exciting time at CommutAir and our tremendous growth is creating attractive career and advancement opportunities for pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, and other staff," said Joel T. Raymond, Chief Operating Officer at CommutAir. "We are grateful to the Albany County Airport Authority for being very helpful in addressing our short and long term facility needs as we continue to expand our operation."
"CommutAir continues to exhibit its confidence in New York State and the Capital Region with its decision to relocate its Flight Attendant Training Center to the Albany International Airport," said Rev. Kenneth Doyle, Chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority. "The Airport Authority remains committed to supporting CommutAir's growth and expansion with all of our available resources."
CommutAir's new flight attendants will undergo two weeks of training at the Albany International Airport facility. Recurrent training will also take place in Albany. Flight attendants will be lodged at hotels in the region bringing additional benefits to the local economy. More details on the numerous employment opportunities at CommutAir can be found at www.commutair.com.
Today's announcement follows the August, 2016 opening of the new CommutAir maintenance hangar at Albany International Airport. The hangar was constructed with funding provided through Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council Grant Program which is designed to create new jobs through infrastructure projects in New York State. CommutAir has begun hiring aircraft maintenance workers and has launched its maintenance training program, in Albany, which is expected to create up to 100 additional well-paying jobs in the Capital Region with the arrival of 40 additional Embraer jet aircraft.
CommutAir is also rapidly hiring pilots during this expansion. The Company recently ratified an industry leading labor agreement with its pilots and also established a Career Path Program (CPP) with United Airlines which serves as a career springboard for pilots interested in moving from a regional to a major airline, subject to meeting all requirements of the CPP.
CommutAir, operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises LLC, an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports. CommutAir's 500+ employees are well known in the industry for fostering a family culture and friendly work environment. Click www.commutair.com or contact us at PR@CommutAir.com or +1 (440) 779-4588 x 303.
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