Monarch opens new-look engineering training facilityJan 18, 2013
The new facility, opened by Monarch group chief executive Iain Rawlinson, now houses several new theatre style classrooms and facilities for composite and fibre optic training, a technology now being employed on next-generation aircraft.
MAEL managing director Mick Adams said the facility was part of the airline’s engineering operation’s plan to maintain its place among the leading maintenance and repair providers in the industry.
He added: “This investment into new technology training facilities is a natural progression for the business. MAEL has been training aircraft engineers for the past four decades and has gained a worldwide reputation for its continuing high standards.”
The academy will also accommodate Monarch’s apprenticeship training scheme, which enrolled its 700th apprentice last year.
Mr Adams said: “MAETA has been involved with apprentice training for over 40 years and continues to uphold its reputation for producing high calibre engineers for the industry.”
Monarch Aircraft Engineering has has facilities at its Luton and Manchester bases and provides training on several aircraft types. Training on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is due to begin this year, as are the composite and fibre optic courses.
Mr Adams is pictured (left) with apprentices Ryan Thomas – the 700th to be enrolled – and Edward Hare, with Iain Rawlinson.
Speaking at the opening, Mr Rawlinson said: “We are delighted to be opening this prestigious new facility. The Academy provides superb opportunities for training engineers from MAEL and the global aviation industry in a high-quality environment, and ensures that The Monarch Group remains at the leading edge of aircraft industry innovation.”