ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - AirTran Airways is making Orlando a base for its pilots.

Airline officials announced Tuesday that Orlando will join Atlanta and Milwaukee as hubs for its pilots.

That will make Orlando home to about 100 pilots, including a chief pilot. The airlines already employs more than 1,000 workers in the Orlando area.

Airtran also unveiled on Tuesday a new, $6.9 million operations center located in Orlando.

Governor Charlie Crist today applauded AirTran Airways during an unveiling of the Orlando company’s new System Operations Control (SOC) Center.  “Today’s expansion is exciting news for the entire state, and I am grateful to AirTran for utilizing the talented aerospace and aviation community that exists in Florida,” said Governor Crist. “The Sunshine State is a global leader in air passenger transportation, and I look forward to greater economic successes and growth as a result of this job-creating expansion.”