Air Partner has announced it has signed a contract with British Airways (BA) to fuel the airline’s new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the duration of the aircrafts’ time at Manston Airport, UK.
BA is the first UK carrier to take delivery of the double-decker A380 – the world’s largest commercial airliner. Its first aircraft, G-XLEA, arrived at Manston from Heathrow on July 15 to begin its long series of training flights and BA’s first Boeing 787 will undergo a similar training programme as soon as the A380 training is concluded.
Paul Walker, Air Partner’s Business Development Director, commented: “We are very proud of the strong network of relationships that we have developed within Air Partner’s Fuel division, and it is through both these contacts, and our in-house expertise, that we were able to provide British Airways and Manston Airport with the best possible experience.”
Ian Fuller, British Airways’ Fuel Executive, said: “We had an excellent experience working with Air Partner to set up this contract. The team were helpful and professional, and always went out of their way to go the extra mile during the extremely busy and high profile launch of our new A380 and B787 aircraft.”
Charles Buchanan, CEO of Manston Airport, added: “Working with Air Partner has been integral to delivering today’s exciting arrival of British Airways A380. The team at Manston has valued the expertise that Air Partner has brought to the preparation and planning for the programme. It demonstrates the capability, flexibility and above all capacity that Manston, working with others in the industry, can bring to serve the increasing demand for air transport of all kinds. We look forward to playing our full part in the continuing debate over airport capacity in the South East.”