British Airways has launched the world’s first B787 training facility not provided by Boeing.
Three new state-of-the-art training rooms have been opened at Heathrow by British Airways Engineering.
The classrooms each have a capacity of 12 to 16 students and will be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) on the B787, A380 and the Airbus A318/9/20/21 variants.
Both the B787 and A380 rooms will initially be used to prepare British Airways for its entry into service of the next generation aircraft, which are due to take to the skies in 2013.
The B787 facility is the only one in the world outside of those provided by Boeing.
BA plans to make the facilities available to commercial customers seeking the advanced technical training required to serve these aircraft in the near future.
To enhance and modernise the learning experience, the classrooms are all equipped with the latest technology.
This includes virtual technology, which is able to simulate aspects of the aircraft’s mechanical behaviour.
This means engineers can explore and understand their workings from the comfort of the classroom.
David Smyth, manager for engineering and training for British Airways, said: “The advanced technologies and materials used in the Boeing and Airbus next generation aircraft require a new level of skill and technical expertise.
“As British Airways gets ready to become the first airline to have both the A380 and B787 in service next year, we need to ensure all our engineers are ‘match fit’.
“These new ultra-modern facilities are evidence of our investment in the future and reflect the change needed in how technical training is shaped and delivered to serve these aircraft.”