A380 Trials Complete

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The final stage of testing was completed when Airbus flew in an A380 to put the hangar through its paces. (BA)

UK-based British Airways Engineering has successfully completed trials of its newly-converted A380 facility at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The refurbishment of the four-hangar complex means the airline can now welcome the A380 to its engineering base and more than 138 tonnes of steelwork were added to the roof in order to accommodate the aircraft’s 78.7ft (24m)-high tail fin.

Ten wide-bodied aircraft can also fit into a new docking solution and a second bay is due in April.

British Airways will now be able to maintain its A380 fleet, due to begin arriving next year, as well as A380s for other carriers.

Garry Copeland, British Airways’ Director of Engineering, stated: “The trial was a great success and a huge step in preparing our engineering base for the future.  Our engineers can’t wait for the A380 to join our fleet, and now they have a state-of-the-art facility in which to maintain it.”

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