Orlando is the home of JetBlue Airways Corp. and this home is about to grow larger in the near future. The company plans to expand its Orlando Support Center, the employee accommodation and training facility, which supports the activities developed in JetBlue University.
According to an article from the Orlando Business Journal, there is still no set date for the works, but the company responsible for the construction is Melbourne’s BRPH Architects-Engineers Inc. According to industry standards, the cost should range from $ 5.6 million – $ 8.4 million.
Currently, the Orlando Support Center has a simulator training facility for crew members, and a 196-room hotel for employees visiting the space. The construction will include a new 20,372-square-foot arrival hall; adding 22,570 square feet in simulator hall space; a 11,443-square-foot training pool and restroom building; and adding 1,700 square feet to the hotel food service area.
“JetBlue University opened in 2005 and accommodates more than 7,000 crew members each year. We look forward to continuing our partnership with [Greater Orlando Aviation Authority] and expanding our training facility to support our growth,” says Tamara Young, spokeswoman with JetBlue, for the OBJ.
The expansion strengthens JetBlue’s presence in Orlando. In addition, the company should be one of the first to move to the new south terminal planned to open in 2021 and whose construction is estimated at $ 2.15 billion. With the new structure, the airline will operate more than 100 domestic and international daily flights departing from Orlando.