British Airways will take delivery of its first A380 in July, followed later this year by the 787 Dreamliner. In so doing, it will be the world’s first airline to operate both aircraft types.
British Airways Engineering, an MRO provider (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul), will open up its Learning Academy to engineers from other airlines looking to qualify in maintenance for the world’s 2 newest aircraft types.
British Airways has already trained its own engineers to work with both aircraft and is the first approved training school in the world able to deliver training on both aircraft types. British Airways A380 & 787 fleet will both operate Rolls Royce Trent engines.
The first courses offered by the airline will be for the 787, with courses for the A380 set to follow later in the year. David Smyth from British Airways Engineering had this to say: “With so many operators integrating 787s into their fleets in the coming years, there will be a huge demand for associated training courses. We have invested heavily in our training infrastructure and personnel over the past few years to ensure that we are well placed to take advantage of this commercial opportunity. Our mix of operational experience and skilled instructors will prove highly beneficial as we launch these services. We have already run the 787 course four times for British Airways engineers, meaning that our customers will benefit from what is already a mature course”.