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Flashback Fridays: Houston, we have a Maintenance Base

In November 1988, our second maintenance base opened in Houston to support the growing fleet.  At the time, Southwest operated 85 aircraft with many more on the way.  It represented a $5.7 million investment in one of our original cities. houston1 To help celebrate the new facility, more than 100 community leaders joined Herb at a ribbon cutting ceremony, with one of our legendary -200s doing the honor as it was towed through a ribbon hanging across the massive doors.  The hangar was built with two bays, a shops and warehouse area, and several offices.  At approximately 94,000 square feet, it was big enough to house up to four 737-200s, which at the time represented more than half the fleet.houston222 Today, more than 300 Technical Operations Employees keep our all-Boeing fleet safe, reliable, and clean.