Heathrow-based British Airways Engineering has successfully completed trials of its newly-converted A380 complex at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The refurbishment of the four-hangar facility means that the airline can now accommodate the aircraft indoors and more than 138 tonnes of steelwork were added to the facility’s roof in order to fit in 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.”