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Delta Air Lines Expands Training Capabilities with New Pilot Training Center in Salt Lake City

Delta Air Lines broke ground on Thursday for a new Pilot Training Center in Salt Lake City. This center will complement the airline's existing facility in Atlanta, which boasts 34 full-flight simulators, as well as 13 Flight Training Devices (FTDs) and 20 Procedure Trainers (PTs).

Located adjacent to Salt Lake City International Airport, this 47,000-square-foot facility marks the next chapter in Delta's investment in its 5,400 employees and customers in Utah. It represents the airline's first significant investment in training facilities outside of its Atlanta headquarters, which opened its first pilot training facility back in 1968.

"This state-of-the-art training center represents our commitment to operating the world's best airline with the best pilots, ensuring full capability and unparalleled performance," said John Laughter, EVP, and Chief of Operations. "As we expand our operations, Salt Lake City plays a crucial role as a hub within our network."

The center is scheduled to open in 2025. Once completed, the new facility will have the capacity for 10 simulators, initially starting with four. Delta also has training facilities for flight attendants in Salt Lake City, where thousands of training events are held each year.

Earlier this year, the airline signed a new lease agreement with Salt Lake City Airport, extending the current agreement until 2044 and increasing Delta's gate count from 55 to 66, with completion expected in 2027.

The investment in the new Pilot Training Center reflects Delta's commitment to providing top-notch training and ensuring the highest standards of safety and performance for its pilots. By expanding its training capabilities in Salt Lake City, Delta aims to further strengthen its operations and deliver exceptional service to its customers.

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