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Hangar Expansion Propels Phoenix into the Future


Southwest Airlines® is proud to announce the opening of an expanded Technical Operations (Tech Ops) facility at Phoenix Sky Harbor!  


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The 90,000-square foot expansion adds three new aircraft bays, allowing the airline to work on up to five aircraft simultaneously and maintenance shops to support the work of the nearly 500 Tech Ops Employees based at Sky Harbor. The work they do day and night ultimately focuses on our Customers and getting them to and from their destinations Safely, efficiently, and ontime.


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Inside the expanded hangar, Tech Ops Teams perform daily scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on our fleet to keep our aircraft flying. Additionally, when Southwest receives new aircraft deliveries, Phoenix Tech Ops Teams complete what is known as a “make-ready,” where the aircraft is detailed with all the items that make it uniquely Southwest. This process can take about 24 hours before the aircraft is ready for revenue service.


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The expanded hangar has also achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. The expansion incorporated sustainable design features, including using recycled content in over 30% of the building materials, installing a high-reflectance roof and surrounding paving materials to reduce the heat island effect, and selecting building products from manufacturers with verified environmental performance.


Our first Tech Ops base in Phoenix opened in 1986, and we moved into a new maintenance hangar in 1993. With the opening of our expansion, we continue modernizing our spaces and investing in the facilities where our People work.  


Additional hangar facilities are in Atlanta, Chicago (Midway), Dallas (Love Field), Denver, Houston (Hobby), and Orlando. Construction is underway on a new hangar facility at Baltimore/Washington International Airport, which is anticipated to open in 2025.

Outside of the airport, our more than 5,400 Phoenix-based Employees share a passion for making the community a great place to live, work, and visit. Last year, Southwest Employees volunteered more than 10,000 hours while supporting more than 200 organizations focused on improving the quality of life for those who call Arizona home.


We always want to add to our Team as we grow in Phoenix! To learn more about our career opportunities, visit