British Airways Engineering has equipped its Heathrow facility to train maintenance staff for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787, both of which are due to join the UK carrier's fleet next year.
The airline says it invested a "substantial" sum to set up three classrooms with computer-based training systems for 787, A380 and A320-family aircraft. Each of the rooms can accommodate 12-16 students for both theoretical and practical coursework.
The trainees will use training programmes which simulate relevant maintenance tasks in a virtual environment, thereby familiarising employees with the systems and processes on the respective aircraft models.
BA says the training suites have been approved by EASA and will be hired out to third-party customers. The airline adds that the 787 facility is the world's first outside those currently provided by Boeing.