JetBlue Airways celebrated its move into a new hangar at Logan International Airport on Monday, giving the airline room to service more planes and hire 30 new technical operations workers next year.
JetBlue, the airport’s largest carrier, has been expanding rapidly in Boston since it started flying here in 2004. Currently, JetBlue has 100 daily departures out of Logan, with 15 percent of the airline’s fleet flying in and out of the airport each day.
By the summer of 2015, the airline plans to increase its daily departures to 150, bringing the airline’s presence in Boston to roughly the same size as its operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and increasing the need for aircraft maintenance.
The airline’s maintenance crew has grown from 57 employees working on 10 planes a night three years ago to 118 workers servicing 33 aircraft a night today. JetBlue plans to hire an additional 30 workers next year.
The 79,000-square-foot hangar, built in 1933, underwent an $18 million renovation for the expanded maintenance operation, $2 million funded by JetBlue and the rest paid for by the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan.
JetBlue chief operating officer Rob Maruster was on hand for Monday’s event, along with Governor Deval Patrick, US Representative Michael Capuano, and state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey.
“JetBlue has once again stepped up to the plate with the decision to move into a new maintenance hangar,” Patrick said in a statement. “JetBlue’s investments are creating good jobs in Massachusetts and its growing flight schedule demonstrates a serious commitment to serving the people of the Commonwealth.”
By the summer of 2014, JetBlue plans to take over all 24 gates in Terminal C. United Airlines will relocate to Terminal B, and Cape Air will continue to share one of the Terminal C gates with JetBlue.Katie Johnston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ktkjohnston.